Art History


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Art history at Mary Baldwin embraces unique qualities not found at larger universities. These advantages include personal contact with professors, conducting research with faculty mentors at the undergraduate level, teaching assistantships, and a practice, study, and theory collaboration with the studio art department. Travel with experts in the field and interesting internship opportunities abound. Each semester the art department sponsors a trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and other nearby museums. They learn about using art in the service of humanity and how art can be a tool of communication.

Art history is available as a minor

Why study art history at Mary Baldwin University?

The art history major offers personal contact with professors that is often missing in university settings. There is the opportunity to develop a mentor relationship at the undergraduate level. Art history students benefit from personal and individualized instruction in small classes.

Collaboration with Studio Art

Art History and studio art are in the same department and same building. This sense of community allows students who study art history to have exposure to those who make art. There is a communicative interchange: students and faculty in both areas work together. Practice, study, and theory are integrated. This important interrelationship does not happen at large universities, where departments are separated and areas are often in several different buildings.

Many opportunities exist in Staunton for internships at museums, art centers, the Historic Staunton Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and other historic landmarks. The art history faculty maintains good working relationships with local museum professionals of which there are many, especially for a small town. One recent project included working with an art restoration professional to clean and preserve gravestones in the cemetery at Historic Trinity Church. Internships also can be arranged in other cities. Mary Baldwin students have interned at Southeby’s, the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, and the Virginia Museum in Richmond.

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