The Art History section of the Department of Art & Art History seeks to foster an historic perspective in the visual arts with an advanced course of study in Medieval, Renaissance, 19th and 20th century art and architecture. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at nearby Oberlin College are important tools in this endeavor. We have an 80,000-slide collection, covering all aspects of art history and managed by a part-time slide curator. There is also a small video collection and other visual aids available for classroom use. In addition, the department offers a scholarship based on academic standing.
Besides the classroom setting, the department also offers off-campus programs such as study-abroad seminars and field-experience in private art galleries, auction houses, and museums in the greater Cleveland area. We also organize one field trip per year to a regional exhibition, we recently visited the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Van Gogh Face-to-face exhibition and the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh for the William Sidney Mount retrospective. Furthermore, we also offer an annual four-day bus trip to either New York, Washington, Chicago, or Philadelphia to visit museums and architectural monuments.
Some of our graduates go on to graduate study at such schools as New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the Courtauld Institute, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, among others.
Former BW students art history majors are now teaching in colleges and universities nationwide, such as Cornell University, Ithaca College, Gallaudet College, Savannah College of the Arts, and John Hopkins University, among others or are involved in museum or gallery work in such institutions as the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Sotheby's, and Wolf's Auctioneers.