Broad Liberal Arts Focus
You will learn about the monuments and principal artists of major art periods of the past, as well as gain a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Art History focuses not only on the material aspects of cultural expression, but also how art reflects other aspects of society, including history, politics, religion, science, and technology.
You'll gain experience looking at art and thinking about the broader issues of the interaction between art and society, and the intersection of economics, religion, and science with visual expression and the built environment.
Learn by doing
All courses are taught through lecture and discussion with full professors (no grad students) and course assignments include exams, research writing, analytical and critical essays, presentations, and discussions.
But you'll also get your hands dirty in studio courses as well. This combination of historical study and practical application gets you "inside" the art process to develop a deeper understanding of art in all its aspects.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Under the guidance of your mentors, you will be required to gain practical experience outside of the classroom, such as art conservation, gallery work, museum or gallery internships, archaeological work, or study abroad. Students graduating with this degree have pursued careers in many areas, such as public relations, museum administration, teaching, and a variety of jobs in the corporate and business worlds.
If graduate study is your goal, our graduates pursue work in Art History, Education, Library Studies, Art Conservation, and Arts Administration, to name a few.
For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.
Art History Activities
Prof. Priya Kambli (Studio Art: Photography) was shortlisted for the Source-Cord Prize 2014. The 25 shortlisted photographers were selected from a pool of 926 submissions. The Source-Cord Prize is an award for contemporary photography, comprising an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. The award was established as the…Read more Prof. Kambli shortlisted for prize
From January 27 – February 20, 2015 the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) will feature two new exhibitions: in the main gallery will be Middle Earth: Midwest Regional Ceramics Invitational, co-organized by Prof. Aaron Fine (Studio Art/University Art Gallery Director) and Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Studio Art: Ceramics). in the side gallery will be Robert Mertens: Nothing from…Read more Gallery opening, new exhibitions