About the Program
Art History has a distinguished heritage as a field of cultural, social, and intellectual history in the Humanities. Works of art and architecture are tangible documents that need to be assessed on their own merits and, simultaneously, as reflections of the human experience. Art History is an exploration of the visual arts, past and present, as forms of communication which are shaped by the physical, cultural, political, psychological and/or economic contexts in which the work of art or architecture was made. Our field seeks to understand works of art and architecture and their meanings on many levels.
- Chair: Margaret Kuntz, Professor
- Professor: Kimberly Rhodes
- Associate Professor: Marguerite Keane
Students who wish to undertake additional systematic study of collections in area museums may register for ARTH 249 for an additional hour of credit in conjunction with any upper-level art history course. Papers, studio projects, and/or augmentation of the regular course work is expected of those electing to enroll for the extra museum study credit. A separate grade is given for this credit. The instructor’s signature is required to register for credit for museum study credit.
Advanced students are encouraged to take internships yielding professional job experience in museum, or gallery work or in other art-related fields. The Art History Department may act as liaison to arrange internships in the surrounding area and in New York City with, for example, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses, major galleries, foundations, and regional centers. Course credit for such work must be earned under the academic internship program (see INTC 200 ).
Advanced Placement (AP) examinations
Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the art history examination should consult with the department about the possibility of exemption from one introductory Art History course.
New York Semester on Contemporary Art
New York, the center of the contemporary art world, is home to more than 100,000 artists, 1,000 galleries, and 10 major art museums. It is the vital location for the Drew Semester on Contemporary Art, directed by a Drew faculty member and offered in the fall semester. Students in this 4-8 credit program spend one to two days each week in New York visiting artists, critics, and arts professionals, and viewing art in museums and galleries, plus attending a seminar on campus. There are many opportunities for dialogue with leading figures in New York’s contemporary art world.