The goal of the Art History Department is to equip students with a critical understanding of the historical and theoretical concerns that have shaped the production, circulation, and reception of art, visual culture, and architecture over time and around the world.
Facilities and Resources
The department draws on a range of artistic and cultural resources on campus and off. The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art (see on virtual tour) joins traditional object-based learning with advances in interdisciplinary approaches. With its visible archive and open storage, the museum allows for unprecedented access to a collection of art and artifacts that span millennia and cultures. The Wellin’s state-of-the-art facility offers classroom space, a study center to facilitate access to and research of the collection, and a versatile exhibition space. The permanent collection is available for student research and includes the Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection, recognized as the finest gathering of rare books, maps, manuscripts and art on the Eastern Caribbean in the world. The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, minutes away in Utica, houses one of the most important collections of American art in the country.