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.


Scent and Sense

On Friday, September 30, Reed O’Mara presented a paper on the Golden Haggadah at the VI Forum Kunst des Mittelalters in Frankfurt, in the session organized by Professor Gertsman and sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art. Speakers came from Austria, Israel, and the US to discuss the intertwinement of olfaction and memory in medieval material culture. The joint program was also represented by Dr. Lutz who organized a session on the Cleveland’s Table Fountain.

Julis Fund Lecture in Early Modern Art

Join us for the Julius Fund Lecture in Early Modern Art! Patricia Zalamea (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) will give a talk entitled “Humanist Cultures and Artistic Exchange in Colonial Latin America.” WHEN: November 2, 5 pm WHERE: Ballroom A, Tinkham Veale What did it mean to be a humanist in colonial...

Manuscripts Showcase at KSL

Last Friday GAMS hosted a close-looking session of medieval and nineteenth-century fragments, prints, and manuscripts in the special collections of Kelvin Smith Library! Head of Special Collections Bill Claspy led students on a tour of books of hours, missals, and works of poetry and music.

Professor Gertsman Delivers the 2nd Annual Forsyth Distinguished Lecture at the University of Michigan

Professor Gertsman kicked off her lecture series this year by delivering the 2nd Annual Forsyth Distinguished Lecture at the University of Michigan on September 16. It was an honor to be part of this extraordinary series -- and a distinct pleasure to meet with the Department of Art History'...

Banner Commemorates Campus Address of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

A 66-foot-tall banner with an image of Frederick Douglass and his statement from the commencement address to the campus has been recently installed on Case Western Reserve University’s Triangle Building. The statement reads: “The relation subsisting between the white and black people of this country is the vital question...

“Photographs in Ink” Curated by PhD candidate Benjamin Levy to Open at the CMA

We are eagerly awaiting Photographs in Ink curated by PhD candidate Benjamin Levy. The exhibition will be on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art from November 20 through April 2 in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery. Ben previews this exciting exploration of photomechanical images–photographs made...

Julia LaPlaca, CWRU Alumna, to Present at “Art For Every Season: The Ginn Family Collectors in Cleveland’s Golden Age.”

Kelvin Smith Library is hosting an event to celebrate Frank Hadley Ginn and his family, Cleveland's collectors and generous patrons of the arts. "Art for Every Season: The Ginn Family Collectors in Cleveland's Golden Age" will take place on September 7th, from 9 am till 11 am. Julia LaPlaca, CWRU...

Join us for a Movie Night and for the Manuscript Showcase!

Join the Graduate Association of Medieval Stidies for two events this week: The Secret of Kells Movie Night, 22nd September, 5:30pm, 207 Haydn Hall. There will be food and refreshments! KSL Manuscript, Print, and Fragment Showcase, 23rd September, 1pm, Hatch Special Collections Reading Room of Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor). See posters for...