Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. It
examines changing values in all fields of visual culture,
including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography,
architecture, film, the mass media, and forms of popular
expression. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature,
history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies,
critical theory, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes
visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing more
than the standard advantages to a liberal arts education.
Students majoring in Art History will engage with the
wide-ranging opportunities its curriculum presents for learning
and research. Studying Art History develops visual
literacy, communication skills, critical/creative thinking and an
understanding of diversity.
Shortly before the campus and state mandate to shelter in place,
Art History 401 students curated “Rest is
Power,” an exhibition about how rest has been historically
denied to Black and Brown, Disabled and Queer bodies, at the
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The Manetti Shrem Museum has now
made the exhibition accessible online! You can view it here.