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.


Huge Congratulations to Our Alumna Julie Polsinelli on Her Appointment as the Assistant Director and Gallery Manager at the Valley Art Center!

Julie will oversee all areas of gallery management. Her responsibilities include maintaining the organizational calendar of exhibitions, communicating with artists and jurors, managing calls to entry, acting as the courier of artwork, leading the Gallery Committee, managing and executing gallery sales, building relationships with artists, and coordinating the hanging...

Hot off the press!

Angie Verduci and Prof. Elina Gertsman are delighted to announce that their first collaboration has been published. Their article on late medieval Dance of Death murals in northern Italy has just appeared in Source 41, no. 3 (2022). It focuses on an extraordinary fresco cycle in Nosate, bringing it...

PhD Student Reed O’Mara Works This Summer at Special Collections and Archives of CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library

Third-year PhD student Reed O’Mara began working this summer at Special Collections and Archives of CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library. In addition to managing the Hatch Special Collections Reading Room, Reed has been assisting with archiving materials from Cleveland’s own Karamu House as well as studying Special Collection’s various medieval...

Congratulations to PhD Student Alex Kaczenski on Being Selected the Curatorial Intern for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA!

Congratulations to fifth-year PhD student Alex Kaczenski who has been selected as the next Curatorial Intern for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA! She will spend the 2022-23 academic year working on a range of curatorial projects at the renowned institution.

PhD Student Angie Verduci Gives a Lecture on Art and Epidemic During the Middle Ages at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan

On June 8th, doctoral student Angie Verduci was invited as a guest speaker for the 9th Summer School conference for doctoral students in Humanities at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Angie was very thrilled to be back to her former university in Italy, where she met old friends...

Huge Congratulations to PhD Student Sam Truman, Who Has Been Accepted into the Graduate Internship Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum!

Huge congratulations to PhD student Sam Truman, who has been accepted into the highly competitive Graduate Internship Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles! Sam will be working as the curatorial intern in the Manuscripts Department for the 2022-2023 academic year. The holdings of the Department of...

Capitol Educator

Huge congratulations to our alumna Shayla Croteau who has just accepted a position in the education department at the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, MI! Shayla she will be giving tours, completing research projects, and contributing to future exhibitions about the art, architecture, and history of the Capitol...

Join Us to Hear Professor Popkin Talk Through Her Latest Book!

On Monday, June 27 at 12 pm (EST), you are invited to a webinar hosted by Cambridge University Press to hear Professor Maggie Popkin discuss her new book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome. You can register for the webinar here.