Art History

The Art History major explores in chronological sequence the span of Western art within its proper cultural, philosophical, and historical context. Special courses on periods, issues, and individuals in Western and non-Western art give a broad overview of the complexity of human artistic expression. Access to Washington, D.C., Richmond, Baltimore, and New York City, and lectures by visiting art historians keep students in touch with important art and recent developments in the field. In the internship program students gain valuable experience and career contacts by working in museums and art institutions in the Washington and Richmond areas. In addition, students have the opportunity to work in the University Galleries (Ridderhof Martin Gallery and duPont Gallery) as catalogers, researchers, administrative assistants, and exhibition installers. Exhibitions presented at the Galleries are brought in from museums around the country or are drawn from the permanent collection of over 5,000 artworks.


On This Site

Here are some resources that you’ll find here on this website:

You can also check out information on our studio art program.


Contact

For all general department business, please contact:

Joseph Dreiss
Professor and Chair,  Art History
Department of Art and Art History
(540) 654-1938

jdreiss@umw.edu