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.


Medieval Ivory Stars in a Mixed-Reality Project

How does 3D printing help scholars better understand a 700-year-old object? This medieval ivory triptych was recently 3D scanned in the #CMAConservation labs with colleagues from @cwruarthistorystudents and @cwruthinkbox. The ivory will star in Prof. Elina Gertsman's mixed reality project  on medieval spaces, in development at the CWRU's Interactive Commons,...

CONGRATULATIONS to PhD student Sam Truman who just published her first peer-reviewed article in Athanor!

The article, "The Reader in the Cosmos: Maps and Mnemonics in a Manuscript of Goussoin de Metz's L'image du monde ," considers how the manuscript’s many maps and diagrams work as mnemonic devices that simultaneously construct and reinforce the reader's place within the system of creation. You can read the article...

CANCELLED Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art. Kimberly Cassibry (Wellesley College): “A Colonial Monument: Remembering an Ancient Triumphal Arch in France”

On December 2, Kimberly Cassibry (Associate Professor of Art, Wellesley College) will present "A Colonial Monument: Remembering an Ancient Triumphal Arch in France." December 2, 5 pm Tinkham Veale Center, Ballroom A Current debates about imperialism, commemoration,CWRU_JuliusFund_103022 and cultural heritage have profound implications for ancient art history. This talk focuses on a...

Angie Verduci to Present at the Newberry Library Conference

Congratulations to Angie Verduci who has been selected to participate in the 2023 Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference in Premodern Studies at the Newberry Library! Angie will present her paper,  "Reading Mors Triumphans as An Allegory of Plague,"  in the Affect, Emotion, Matter session. The hybrid conference will involve two parts:...

Graduate Association of Medieval Studies

The CWRU Graduate Association of Medieval Studies was established only last year, but it has quickly become an excellent place for bringing together medievalists from departments across the university. Led by graduate students in both the Departments of Art History & Art and Music, the group has already hosted five...

Medieval / Modern, Narration / Abstraction

We are delighted to announce the publication of "Narration / Abstraction," a conversation between specialists in medieval and contemporary art that features Professor Elina Gertsman alongside Yve-Alain Bois (Princeton), Manuel Fontán del Junco (Fundación Juan March), and Aden Kumler (Universität Basel), prefaced by Vincent Debiais (EHESS). The piece appeared...

Graduate Medievalists at the Newberry

This week, PhD students Reed and Sam participated in the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies seminar “Uncovering Medieval Manuscripts in Early Modern Books.” The two were able to handle and examine fragments, leaves, codices, and bindings from the 800s through the 1600s held in the Newberry’s collection.

GAMS: Medieval Reading Circle

This Friday, 14 October at 7pm at BottleHouse Brewing, GAMS will host the first Reading Circle of the semester! Bring an excerpt from a medieval source (or a source with medievalism!) to share with the group. You do not  have to be 21 years old to attend the Reading Circle.