Department of Art History and Art

Unique Doctoral Program in Art History

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art are launching a landmark initiative that capitalizes on their longtime collaborations as well as their strengths in scholarship, curation, conservation and education.

The new venture emerged from the vision and dedication of Cleveland Museum of Art trustee Nancy Keithley and Case Western Reserve trustee Joseph Keithley. The couple has committed $15 million to realize the ideal of a joint effort that advances both institutions and prepares future curators, scholars, museum directors and academic leaders. In recognition of Nancy and Joseph’s philanthropic leadership, the dynamic and forward-thinking program will be named The Nancy and Joseph Keithley Institute for Art History.

“We feel strongly about the world-class quality of institutions in Cleveland,” Nancy and Joseph Keithley said. “We also believe collaboration increases exponentially their benefit and influence within our community, and well beyond it. We are thrilled to help catapult this partnership to a new level of global impact.”

Click here to read the Press Release about the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Institute for Art History .

Click here to read the Plain Dealer article about the Nancy and Joseph Keithley donation.

Fall 2013 is a time of change and renewal for the Department of Art History and Art. We welcome two new Assistant Professors, Maggie Popkin and Andrea Rager, and the new Champney Family Visiting Associate Professor, José Teixeira. The Champney Family Professorship is a joint position between the Department of Art History and Art and our neighbor in University Circle, the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Six new master’s degree students are now on campus, joined by our two new doctoral students funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These students are the first to be enrolled in our re-envisioned doctoral program, featuring close collaboration with our colleagues at the Cleveland Museum of Art. We will do profiles of the new faculty and doctoral students later this fall. To learn more about our innovative, object-focused doctoral program, please click here.

Looking for courses in art history? Click on the link for course offerings under “About the Department” for in-depth descriptions. If you have other questions please email the professor of the specific course.

There are a number of events sponsored by the department this fall; we hope you will join us at one or more of them. Please see the list on this webpage.

We invite members of the community and alumni to join Friends of Art, our departmental support group. The Friends of Art hold a series of events every year featuring speakers from the department, from CIA, from the CMA, and from the larger arts community of Cleveland. They provide generous support for departmental programs and events, such as prizes for achievement given at graduation and at the Cleveland Symposium, the annual graduate student art history symposium and funding for doctoral student dissertation research travel. To learn more about Friends of Art, please click here.

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 Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art. Further information about the Art Education/Art Studio program is available at their website.

What courses are good for first-year students?

Welcome to CWRU. If you are interested in studying art history, you have come to the right place, for your professors are all professionals who have worked in museums as well as in universities, and our classes incorporate the works of art that can be seen in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Spring 2014 Events

March 21
Richard K. Emmerson
Manhattan College
"Apocalyptic Visuality in Medieval
Illustrated Manuscripts"
CMA Recital Hall 5:00 PM

April 23
Alice Y. Tseng
Boston University
"Creating National Art,
Constructing National Art
Museums in Modern Japan"
CMA Recital Hall 5:30 PM

All free and open to the public.

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Contact Information

Debby Tenenbaum
Mather House, 11201 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110
Tel: (216) 368-4118
Fax:(216) 368-4681