Housed in the recently completed John and Anne Wilson Hall, the department offers a major in art history and attracts students from all corners of the university. A charter member of the ARTtor consortium, the department has used digitized images in the classroom since 2002 and has at its disposal literally millions of images which students use in their examination of movements and monuments from all around the world.
The art history curriculum includes courses that allow students and faculty to consider works produced in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, from pre-historic civilizations to the 21st century. Students tend to focus their studies on one or two of these areas, but are expected to gain experience in all of them by the end of their time at Washington and Lee. Under the close supervision of an individual faculty member, each senior major writes an original thesis paper that addresses a topic of personal intellectual interest.
In a world that has become increasingly dependent on images, and in an age marked by the manipulation of information through them, the importance of understanding the vitality of visual literacy and the challenges facing image-makers and image-readers has never been so strongly felt. The discipline of art history provides students with the intellectual tools to consider these issues and fosters an academic forum in which to address them thoughtfully, critically, and innovatively.
- W&L's Lepage Chosen for European Art Seminar
Andrea Lepage, assistant professor of art history at Washington and Lee University, is one of 21 faculty members from around the country chosen to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in context. The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) selected Lepage for the seminar, which will be held at the High Museum [...]
- Exhibition "Portraits of Places" Open in Williams Gallery until May 25
"Portraits of Places," paintings, photographs and drawings by artists Jan Knipe, Jim Knipe, Linda White and Bill White, are on exhibit in Williams Gallery in Huntley Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University
- Paintings from Cheech Marin's Collection at Staniar Gallery
Comedian, actor, director and art collector Cheech Marin will lecture on the exhibition of paintings from his collection of Chicano art on Monday, April 22, at Washington and Lee University.
- W&L Paintings Star in Colonial Williamsburg Exhibition
Five paintings from Washington and Lee's art collection are featured in a major exhibition of Southern paintings at Colonial Williamsburg's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
- W&L Marks Centennial of President Custis Lee's Death Today, Feb. 18
Today, Feb. 18, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of George Washington Custis Lee (1832-1913), who served as president of Washington and Lee University from 1871 to 1897. He succeeded in that office his father, Robert E. Lee. A commemoration will be observed at Lee Chapel today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A spray of flowers [...]