Art History

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

Wesleyan’s art history program offers both broad and specialized courses in the study of the visual arts. Students learn to appreciate the visual arts within cultural contexts, while developing the analytical skills, critical judgment, and personal interpretation needed for a professional career and/or further scholarly pursuits. The art history program consists of lecture/discussion and seminar courses that cover European, Chinese, African, Native-American, African-American, Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Art. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Field Study 
Wesleyan’s art history majors can intern with local businesses and organizations, such as The Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Tubman Museum of African American Art. 

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
Art History students have the opportunity of presenting their research and ideas about art history in the annual, juried Georgia Undergraduate Art History Forum. The visiting artist program sponsored by the Art Department features art historians and 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 major writes a thesis paper and presents it to the entire department.

Postgraduate Opportunities 
Jobs in Art History include museum and gallery curatorship, education, and criticism. Our recent graduates include a Historic Preservationist in New York City and a curator of Native American Art in Oklahoma City. Another graduate is in graduate school in Contemporary Art in New York.    

The Art faculty members are professionally active and extremely dedicated teachers. They provide an environment rich in individual attention in order to enhance the students’ natural creativity and to foster intellectual development. Art History majors take basic Art Studio courses, and Studio Art majors take Art History courses. Thus, the art history and studio art faculty work closely together to help students reach their educational goals.

LibbyElizabeth 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 and Renaissance Art in Europe. My particular interest in studio art is painting. Murphey 105A.

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.

Francis de La RosaFrances 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

Alexis Gregg Assistant Professor of Studio Art (3-D/Sculpture/Ceramics). B.F.A (Ceramics) University of Georgia, 2007; M.F.A (Ceramics) California State University Long Beach, 2010. The intersection of arts and industry and artists with community is the main focus of my research. I specialize in architectural ceramic techniques including brick carving for public art and permanent installation. Murphey Art Building 105B.

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.