Art History

IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES, The explosion of visual imagery in technology has opened doors for career opportunities IN ALL AREAS OF curatorship INCLUDING ONLINE.

Wesleyan’s art history program offers both broad and specialized courses in the study of the visual arts from prehistoric to contemporary times, and in media ranging from architecture to contemporary video performance. Students develop their writing, analytical, and research skills in small classes and personal conferences with the art historian. Art students at Wesleyan work under the guidance of supportive faculty who consider it a priority to help each student pursue their individual interests and goals.

The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides three full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research.

Major: Art History   Minor: Art History
Related Major & Minor: BFA or BA Art, AMC (Advertising & Marketing Communication)
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STUDENT SOFIA RAMIREZ stands smiling outside with arms crossed looking at the camera.

SOFIA RAMIREZ

Lane Scholar Sofia ’19 is double majoring in art history and studio art and plans to pursue a career as a museum curator. “Wesleyan helped me recognize myself as a leader and hone my leadership skills.” Sofia serves as a resident advisor, peer mentor, and as a member of SGA.

Selfie of KATIE KNIGHTON

KATIE KNIGHTON

Katie Knighton ’17 is a double major in advertising and marketing communication and studio art who has recently finished an internship in the Disney College Program. After graduation she hopes to work for Disney and is currently researching jobs in creative marketing and advertising.

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Present Your Research To Experts

The visiting artist program sponsored by Wesleyan’s Art Department hosts art historians and contemporary artists who exhibit their work and conduct workshops. Regularly sponsored field trips take students to exhibitions at galleries and museums around the State. Each art history major writes a thesis paper on a topic of her choice and presents it to the entire department. Art history students can present their research and ideas in the annual, juried Georgia Undergraduate Art History Forum.

The ample space in our Murphey Art Building houses fully equipped studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, illustration, computer graphics, and graphic design. It also includes an exhibition space used to showcase visiting artists' and students' works.

Porter Fine Arts building features the Cowles Myles Collier Art Galleries. The West Gallery houses Wesleyan’s permanent collection of art and provides research opportunities and internships. The East Gallery features both student art exhibitions and exhibits of regional and national artists.

Our undergraduate students can choose to work as gallery docents, as conservationists, or as gallery assistants, learning the nuts and bolts of working as professionals in commercial galleries or museums.

Art History students get instruction from Lisa Sloben on how to hang an exhibition.

 

Experience Art All Around THE WORLD

Wesleyan’s art history majors intern with local businesses and organizations, such as the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Tubman Museum of African American Art. Students have also interned at International Fine Arts Conservation Studio, Cortona, Italy, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Santa Fe Art Museum, The Smithsonian Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wesleyan Women In Art History Careers

Alumnae Chelsey Berryhill poses outside of renovated home

CHELCEY BERRYHILL ’08

Chelcey moved to New York after graduation and began working for the Marlborough Gallery, then earned a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Today she is development and communications manager for Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

 

Wesleyan Art History Majors have entered  graduate schools across America:

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Oklahoma, Stony Brook University, Pratt Institute

SKILLS YOU’LL LEARN AS AN ART HISTORY MAJOR:

WRITE

The ability to write effectively is one of the most important factors an employer considers in their hiring process. It’s the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged.

RESEARCH

Art historians need to know about the history of art; theories of art; research methods; sources of information such as libraries, galleries, and books; galleries and how they work; national history; and cultures.

SPEAK IN PUBLIC

The ability to speak confidently in public helps to establish yourself as an expert, build your knowledge base, and connect with people who can change your life.

CURATE

To curate is to choose the works of art to exhibit. It requires research, idea development and refinement, project management, budget management, programming considerations, educational training, and decisiveness.

THINK

The ability to think analytically is an asset to an employer. Decision-making and reasoning involve gathering information, evaluating a variety of solutions, and selecting the best option.

ORGANIZE

The simple truth is that being organized can bring you more time, money, success and happiness. If you are more productive, you get more done, and you have more time.

Alexis Gregg
Assistant Professor of Art (478) 757-5196 Profile
Dennis Applebee
Professor of Art (478) 757-5194 Profile
Elizabeth Bailey holding her award in front of her artwork
Elizabeth Bailey
Professor of Art History (478) 757-5195
Fernando La Rosa
Instructor of Art (478) 757-5221 Profile
Frances de La Rosa
Comer Professor of Painting (478) 757-5221 Profile

20%

Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

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