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Intro: Art History teaches the essential skills of critical analysis, research, and communication through examination of the social context in which art was historically - and continues to be - created. The Art History faculty offer a broad field of study ranging from ancient Greece, through Medieval and Renaissance Europe, to the beginnings of modernity and the most current movements in Contemporary art.
Overview: Art history is as an interdisciplinary field. We incorporate essential skills from a variety of humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, theology, or economics and analyze artworks and the societies that made them. Our students are not limited to the classroom. They take advantage of the active arts community at the University and in the Saint Louis area. Museums such as the Samuel Cupples House, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum, among others, offer students a hands-on chance to experience the artists and periods they discover in the classroom.
Careers in the Field: Many SLU graduates in art history have continued their studies in internationally recognized graduate programs. Others work in art-related institutions such as galleries, auction houses, and museums, as well as in marketing, advertising, law, journalism, and other fields that require understanding of our visually-based culture and the ability to express intelligent, well researched opinions. All have developed skills in critical thinking and communication that aid them in pursuing the career of their choice.
About the Faculty: The full time faculty in the art history program teach their specialty areas and general courses. Fr. Terrence Dempsey (Ph.D.) teaches the spiritual in art and film. Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, specializes in teaching Italian Renaissance and Ancient. Professor Deb Douglas (M.F.A.) teaches Contemporary and Art Appreciation. Dr. Bradley Bailey teaches American, Modern and Contemporary. Dr. Cathleen Fleck teaches Medieval and Islamic, and Dr. Olubukola Gbadegesin teaches African and African American.
Internship Opportunities: Many of our majors choose to explore new perspectives in art through internships. Our program offers students opportunities locally and across the country, including many prominent galleries and museums. As interns, students work within the professional art community. Outside the classroom, art history majors experience firsthand what a career in the arts can hold - preparing exhibitions, curating collections, even preparing and presenting lectures and tours for the public.