The Department of Art and Art History includes a major and a minor in art history, as well as a minor in cultural heritage and museum studies. Art history classes are small – with caps on lecture courses set at 25 – and plentiful, with all courses taught in state-of-the-art facilities.
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.
Tech. Examination of Dutch Painting
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Questions of Ownership
Art of Mesoamerica & the Andes
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Andrea Lepage Pamela H. Simpson Professor of Art History and Department Head
Andrea Lepage offers classes in the following areas: contemporary Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o art, modern and colonial Latin American art, arts of Mesoamerica and the Andes, and Early Modern European art (Italian, Spanish, Dutch).
Clover Archer Instructor of Art and Art History, Staniar Gallery Director
Clover teaches photography, arts management, as well as a studio seminar in the Department of Art and Art History. In addition to teaching classes, she is the Director of the Staniar Gallery and oversees the Staniar Gallery Internship.
George Bent Sidney Gause Childress Professor in the Arts
Bent teaches courses on medieval art, Renaissance art and gothic art. He has researched Italian art extensively and recently taught a course called Digital Florence in which students helped to digitally reconstruct the city.
Melissa R. Kerin Associate Professor of Art History; MESA Program Director
Kerin teaches courses in South Asian and East Asian art and architecture. Her research focuses on the intricate and multifaceted relationships between art and identity formation, cultural memory and religious praxis.
Elliott H. King Associate Professor of Art History
King teaches courses in American and European Art, 1750 to the present. His research specialization is Surrealist art and thought with particular concentration on Salvador Dalí's production after 1940.
Theodore Van Loan Visiting Professor of Art History