Art History

  • Art and Art History

    Jim Sconyers, Jr., department chair

    The Department of Art and Art History offers a minor in Art History and a major and a minor in Studio Art.

    Art History

    Kerry Mills

    The art history curriculum introduces students to historical inquiry, an understanding of the various styles and movements in art, theory of art, and the interpretation of art in the context of time, place, and purpose. Students learn terminology, research methods, develop skills in organization, critical and logical thinking, and writing, and learn that art of the past is relevant today.

  • Civic Engagement Opportunities

    • Annual visual arts trips to Washington D.C. and New York City, open to the community
    • Regular public lectures by prominent artists, art historians, and art critics
    • Five professional exhibitions a year in the university’s art gallery, open to the public
    • Required or recommended internships through our academic majors
    • Varied collaborative projects that involve other organizations and institutions, including student exchange exhibitions with other colleges
    • Art and art history faculty lectures and service at community organizations
    • Exploring civic engagement through class projects and assignments
  • Requirements for the Minor in Art History

    18 semester hours
    Two of the following: ARTH 101, ARTH 102, or ARTH 103
    One of the following: ARTH 203, ARTH 302, or ART 250
    One additional course at the 200- or 300-level
    Two additional ARTH courses

  • 101 Survey of Western Art: The Ancient World (3 s.h.) (A)
    Introductory slide-lecture survey course orients students to the principles of art, modes of expression and thematic content. The arts of the ancient world, prehistory through Byzantium, are considered in an historical context. Major monuments illustrate the influence of culture, social and religious organizations, and the events of history. ARTH 101, ARTH 102, and ARTH 103 may be taken in any sequence or in part.

    102 Survey of Western Art: Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (3 s.h.) (A)
    Introductory slide-lecture survey course orients the student to the principles of art, modes of expression and thematic content. Medieval and Renaissance art are considered in a historical context. Major monuments illustrate the influence of culture, social and religious organizations, and the events of history. ARTH 101, ARTH 102, and ARTH 103 may be taken in any sequence or in part.

    103 Survey of Western Art: The Modern World (3 s.h.) (A)
    Introductory slide-lecture survey course orients the student to the principles of art, modes of expression and thematic content. Baroque through Modern art (17th through 20th century) is considered in a historical context. Major monuments illustrate the influence of culture, social and religious organizations, and the events of history. ARTH 101, ARTH 102, and ARTH 103 may be taken in any sequence or in part.

    203 High Renaissance Art in Italy (3 s.h.) (R)
    The quest for greater naturalism, classicism, and science in fifteenth and sixteenth century Italy culminated in the harmonious balance evident in the art and architecture of Leonardo, Raphael, Alberti Bramante, Michelangelo, Titian, and Palladio, and would influence all of Western civilization. Art and civic, private, and religious projects are addressed in the context of noble and papal patronage, humanistic studies, culture, politics, and the changing religious climate. Students develop critical skills through analysis and research. Strongly recommended background: ARTH 102.

    204 Latin-American Art After Cortez (3 s.h.) (I)
    A survey of contemporary Latin-American art, its relationship to pre-Columbian aesthetics, and the encounter of indigenous art with European traditions from the Colonial through the Modern period.

    206 History of Photography (3 s.h.) (A)
    A survey of the history and evolution of still photography and the consideration of photography as an art form.

    210 Studies on Site (3 s.h.)
    Students with strong background, love of art and/or history may apply for Studies on Site. A small group travels to study art in locations that vary from year to year. Group discussions, oral presentations, writing, flexibility and congeniality are important. Extra charge covers room, board, transportation, museum entrance fees, most meals. Applications due with deposit by November 1; notification of acceptance by November 10. *Prerequisites: Two relevant ARTH courses.

    221 Women in the Visual Arts (3 s.h.) (G)
    Study of the role of selected women in the history and evolution of art from the medieval era to the present. Emphasis on art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional and feminist perspectives will be examined. Recommended background: ARTH 103.

    222 History of American Art and Architecture (3 s.h.) (R)
    A survey of the arts in America, including architecture, sculpture, and painting, from the Colonial period to the present. Cross listed as HIST 222.

    234 Philosophy and the Arts (3 s.h.) (A)
    For course description, see PHIL 234 in the Philosophy listing.

    250 Survey of Contemporary Art (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see ART 250 in the Studio Art listing.

    254 Film Analysis (3 s.h.) (A)
    For course description, see FILM 254 in the Film listing.

    277 Topics in Art History (1–3 s.h.)
    Topics courses focus on specialized methods or topics in art, such as theory, art criticism, media, intensive analysis of a specialized period of art history, or areas of interest beyond the usual scope of departmental course offerings.

    302 Modern Art before 1945: From Cézanne to Gorky (3 s.h.) (W)
    This course examines the successive movements in the visual arts during the first half of the twentieth century. *Prerequisite: ARTH 103.

    310 Issues in Contemporary Art Criticism (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see ART 310 in the Studio Art listing.