The Department of Art History and Art offers opportunities to study art history, to participate in a broad range of studio offerings, to pursue state teacher certification in art education, and to engage in pre-professional museum training. The Bachelor of Arts degree is granted in art history and in pre-architecture, and the Bachelor of Science degree in art education. In addition, the department offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in art history, in art history and museum studies, and in art education; and the Doctor of Philosophy in art history.

All art programs are considerably enhanced by close cooperation with and access to the facilities of cultural institutions located in University Circle, in particular The Cleveland Museum of ArtThe Cleveland Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

The Cleveland Museum of Art/CWRU Art History Program has been in existence since 1967. The museum’s curators serve as adjunct faculty, and graduate research projects under their direction often result in exhibitions and publications. The museum Studies course and internships provide experience in curatorial practices, connoisseurship, conservation, design, and museum education, and the program has a history of producing leaders in the museum field. Graduate students are exposed to both traditional and newer theoretically based art historical approaches in classes taught by faculty renowned for their expertise in a diversity of fields.

News

Winston Kam Selected for the University of Alabama Graduate Student Art History Symposium

CONGRATULATIONS to Art History undergraduate, Winston Kam, who has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious University of Alabama Graduate Student Art History Symposium. The symposium is usually closed to undergraduates, but Winston is among the selected exceptions who will present their work in a poster session. His poster is...

Elina Gertsman

Medieval Academy Award for Excellence in Teaching Goes to Professor Gertsman!

Congratulations to Professor Elina Gertsman for receiving the 2023 Medieval Academy's Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies. This national award recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement in teaching inspiring courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Gertsman was nominated by her students; we are grateful to them for their...

Medieval Art and Race: a Conversation

Please join us for three mini-talks and a conversation on medieval art and race, sponsored by the Department of Art history and Art and moderated by Prof. Elina Gertsman. February 2nd 6:30 EST Zoom The conversation features three speakers: Thomas Dale (Simona and Jerome Distinguished Chair of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison), who...

Cecily Hughes at Brought to Life

This January, Cecily Hughes, first-year PhD student in medieval art, was able to experience Brought to Life: Painted Wood Sculpture from Europe, 1300–1700 (at SCMA from September 16, 2022–August 6, 2023). She spent the summer of 2021 contributing to the exhibition as a curatorial intern to Danielle Carrabino. The...

Reed O’Mara Awarded a Rare Book Scholarship

Third-year PhD student in medieval art Reed O'Mara has just been named one of the 2023 recipients of the Rare Book School's William T. Buice III Scholarship. The scholarship was created in honor of Bill Buice, a former member of the Rare Book School Board of Directors (Chairman 2008-2014)....

CWRU Art History + Community Engagement Are Making News!

Today's feature story in The Daily discusses the centrality of community engagement to the CWRU mission and links to the Fall/Winter issue of Think magazine, where our own MA candidate, Jess Xiao Long is profiled! Jess was the inaugural Keithley Fellow in Community-Engaged Art History and worked with LAND Studio to create the popular...

Professor Maggie Popkin and PhD Candidate Arielle Suskin Present Papers at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

Professor Maggie Popkin and PhD candidate Arielle Suskin (pictured here) presented papers at the recent 2023 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in New Orleans. Professor Popkin spoke about Roman gladiator knives and the objectification of gladiators in ancient Rome, while Arielle spoke about ancient Greek...

Angie Verduci and Marina Savchenkova to Present at the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies at Harvard University

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Angie Verduci and MA student Marina Savchenkova who have been selected to participate in the 22nd Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies that will take place on March 16-18 2023 on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Angie will present her paper entitled “Reading Love as Death...