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.


Congratulations to PhD students Reed O’Mara and Sam Truman on the Acceptance into the Newberry Library’s Research Methods Workshop!

Congratulations to PhD students Reed O'Mara and Sam Truman! Both have been accepted into the Newberry Library's research methods workshop “Uncovering Medieval Manuscripts in Early Modern Books" taking place this fall in Chicago. In the workshop, Sam and Reed will learn more about fragmentology and have the chance to examine medieval...

Congratulations to Professor Popkin on Dame Mary Beard’s review of Popkin’s new book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome, in the esteemed Times Literary Supplement!

Congratulations to Professor Popkin on Dame Mary Beard’s review of Popkin’s new book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome, in the Times Literary Supplement. As Beard notes, Popkin’s book is "particularly eloquent" and showcases “a truly unexpected range of ancient memorabilia.” Read the review here.

“Richard Andres: Selected Works 1950-1975” Exhibition and Sale to Open on June 9th!

Richard Andres: Selected Works 1950-1975 exhibition and sale will open at Wolfs Gallery on June 9th, 5-8pm. It will be on view through August 20th. This is the long-awaited debut of the Richard Andres collection; a rare exhibition of a recently unearthed cache of his remarkable mid-century paintings, stored...

Congratulations to Rebekkah Hart on Winning the Second-Place Paper Prize at the Vagantes Conference!

Congratulations to Rebekkah Hart, a newly accepted PhD student in medieval art joining us this fall, for winning the second-place paper prize at this year's Vagantes Conference! Her paper, entitled "Holy Healing: English Alabaster St. John's Heads (c. 1430-1550) and Remedial Ingestion," explores the intersection of devotional practices and...

ARTH 102: Michelangelo to Maya Lin Starts on June 6, 2022!

This undergraduate course will examine major monuments of the Global агt tradition from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe from са. 1400 to the present. The course will focus primarily on changes and de­velopments in the major arts of architecture, sculpture, and painting; although other media, such as mosaics,...

Graduating Senior Jordan David to Attend Williams College!

Graduating Senior Jordan David was accepted into Williams College Art History Masters program. This includes an 8-hour-a-week fellowship at one of Williams's art institutions. Huge congratulations! Image: Michael Joo, Salt Transfer Cycle, 1993

CWRU Alumna Samantha Cataldo Hired as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum!

Congratulations to CWRU Alumna Samantha Cataldo on Being Hired as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum! Cataldo will begin her work at the Worcester Art Museum in May 2022. From 2015, Cataldo has been working in the curatorial department of the Currier Museum of Art...

Congratulations to Professor Maggie Popkin on the Publication of Her Book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome!

Congratulations to Professor Maggie Popkin on the publication of her most recent book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome. Professor Popkin's book, published by Cambridge University Press, investigates the fascinating world of Roman souvenirs, a unique resource for exploring the experiences, interests, imaginations, and aspirations of a broad range of...