What to Expect
In your five years in our program, you’ll become an expert in the field through study rooted in careful examination of the specific properties and idiosyncrasies of art objects. You’ll contribute concretely to a broader cultural and theoretical academic discourse as you’re trained by top faculty in both traditional and newer art history approaches.
All of our faculty members maintain an object-oriented approach to teaching and research—and many of our adjunct faculty are museum educators and art curators at the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum’s art research library is the third largest in the U.S.—and will be readily available to you throughout your studies.
And, you’ll have opportunities to network with prominent scholars through the department’s lecture series—including the Julius Fund lecture, the Buchanan lecture and the Olszweski lecture. Our department also sponsors the annual Cleveland Symposium—one of the oldest graduate-student organized symposia in art history in the United States.