Why Study Art History at New College?

Based on the training and exposure they receive as part of our Art History program, as well as the personal mentoring they receive from our faculty, many of New College’s graduates in Art History go on to careers in teaching and/or museum and gallery work. Others successfully pursue a wide range of careers, including law, business and the Foreign Service.

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Based on the training and exposure they receive as part of our Art History program, as well as the personal mentoring they receive from our faculty, many of New College’s graduates in Art History go on to careers in teaching and/or museum and gallery work. Others successfully pursue a wide range of careers, including law, business and the Foreign Service.

Art History is the discipline concerned with the historical study of material objects, especially those that involve visual communication. It includes much of what is traditionally considered “Art,” such as works in fresco, oil paint, or marble by well-known artists (whether the traditional canon of “great masters” or contemporary art stars). But Art History can also be understood to encompass a broader range of material objects that are experienced visually and/or through other senses: not only artworks that were previously ignored and undervalued, but also items like films, advertisements, ceramics, posters, and quilts. Art historians study the ways in which artifacts, whether artworks or other elements of material culture, are composed and constructed so as to communicate a variety of messages to different groups of people.

What You’ll Learn:

At New College, students are expected to acquire a basic familiarity with the major periods and movements of western art, as well as some awareness of non-Western artistic traditions. They also become acquainted with the various methods currently practiced by art historians.

Approaches to studying the history of art include both the traditional object-based analysis of style and subject matter and the interpretation of art in its broader cultural context using a variety of critical frameworks (such as social history, semiotics, feminist and gender theory, race and post-colonial theory, globalization, and visual and material culture).

Students are encouraged to develop and pursue their own intellectual interests, arriving at their own definitions of what constitutes “Art” and formulating their own critical approaches to the material.

Direct contact with works of art is an essential component of the program. The Ringling Museum of Art, adjacent to New College, provides rich permanent collections, regularly scheduled exhibits, lectures, and films, and an excellent art library. Students are encouraged to undertake museum internships and to pursue opportunities for study and travel abroad.

 

Faculty

Recent Theses

  • Pains, Pleasures and Puns: Women Artists of the ’70s Reclaim the Female Body
  • Fabricated Bodies: The Empty Dress in Art and Culture
  • Milk, Blood, and Tears: Maternal Images of the Virgin in Art of the 14th and 15th Centuries
  • Spectacle and Dining in Imperial Rome: The Outdoor Triclinia of Sperlonga and Tivoli
  • Just Being: The Drag King Book and Negotiated Meaning

Alumni

Associate Permissions Director
Art Resource, New York City

Images and Rights Coordinator
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Tibbals Curator of Circus
The Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
University of Utah

Director of Communications
Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago

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Art History Curriculum

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Undergraduate Program

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