Art History

Major: Art History
Minor: Art History
Related Major and Minor:
 Studio Art
Program Director:
 Elizabeth BaileyProfessor of Art
Program Website: Creative Edge
Course Catalogue pages

Wesleyan’s art history program offers both broad and specialized courses in the study of the visual arts. Students learn to appreciate the visual art within a cultural context, while developing the analytical skills, critical judgment, and personal expression needed for a professional career and/or further scholarly pursuits. The art history program consists of lecture/discussion, seminar, and studio courses.  For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Field Study 
Wesleyan’s art history majors can intern with local businesses as gallery operators, museum curators, and art therapists.

Talented students in the fine arts may compete for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $19,500 per year. Fine Arts Scholarships in Studio Art are available to students who are interested in being involved in the studio art program as a music major or minor. The scholarships require a commitment from the student beginning the first year. Candidates for fine arts scholarships also may be candidates for academic or leadership scholarships. All scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters.Those interested in studio art scholarships are required to present a portfolio of eight to ten works of art when applying to the college. Prospective students may contact the Admissions Office at (478) 757-5206 to schedule a portfolio review. More information about Scholarships.

The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides two scholarships annually to academically superior first year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of Fine Arts. Each scholarship recipient receives an annual award valued at $16,000 per year. This program is in honor of Linda H. Lane who was a friend, leader, benefactor, and an associate professor of music at Wesleyan. Eligible candidates must possess high academic credentials and demonstrate their interest, and the ability to engage,  in research.

Special Opportunities
The visiting artist program sponsored by the Art Department features contemporary artists who exhibit their work and conduct workshops. The student-organized Art Club has many activities throughout the year culminating in the Juried Student Art Show. The Art Department regularly sponsors field trips to view exhibitions at galleries and museums. Each Art History student writes a thesis paper and presents it to the entire department.

The art faculty are professionally active and extremely dedicated teachers. They provide an environment rich in individual attention in order to enhance the students’ natural creativity. Wesleyan provides its students with the unique opportunity to work with faculty on a one-to-one basis.

Postgraduate Opportunities 
Jobs in Art History include museum and gallery curatorship, education, and criticism. Our recent graduates include the educational director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the membership coordinator of the Guggenheim museum, a corporate art consultant in New York City, gallery owners, an advertising sales representative for the New York Times, and art history teachers. 


Dennis ApplebeeDennis Applebee Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Printmaking) Illinois State University 1996; M.F.A. (Printmaking) The Ohio State University 1998. My studio interests are in etching and relief printmaking, painting, collage, and drawing. My recent artwork explores the connections, overlaps, and parallels between language, music, and math. Murphey 109 A.

Libby BaileyElizabeth Bailey Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1974; M.F.A., (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1976; Ph.D. (Art History) University of Georgia 1992. My area of specialization in art history is Medieval/Renaissance Art in Tuscany. My particular interest in studio art is painting. Murphey 105A.

Francis De LarosaFrances de La Rosa Comer Professor of Painting. B.F.A. (Studio Art) University of Alabama 1980; M.F.A. (Painting) Tulane University 1984. Oil on canvas and oil pastel on paper are the primary media which I use to explore 2-dimensional abstractions of landscape, while lost wax casting in bronze and silver are my choice for creating nature-based forms 3-dimensionally. Murphey

Fernando La Rosa Instructor of Art. B.F.A. (Studio Art) Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru 1966; M.F.A. (Photography) Tulane University, 1990. In my photography, I use large format cameras with traditional materials combined with scanning and digital output in an exploration of broad subjects from nature to found objects. Murphey 106.