Jul 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2024-2025 
Academic Catalog 2024-2025

History of Art

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The history of art program teaches students how to investigate works of art from a wide range of periods and regions. A distribution requirement ensures that students have a solid foundation in each of the following four areas:

  • Ancient/Medieval
  • Renaissance/Baroque/18th Century
  • Modern/Contemporary
  • Asia/Africa/Indigenous Americas /Oceania

After fulfilling the requirement, students then may choose to focus their studies on a particular area of art history. All history of art students take at least two senior seminars investigating focus topics in the history of art.

MassArt’s visiting artist program and exhibitions of contemporary art encourage students to contemplate the historical and cultural context of work being created in our own time.

History of Art majors continue on to graduate programs in art history, visual culture, and museum studies; work in museums, galleries, auction houses, and publishing; and use their knowledge of the history and theory of art to enrich their studio practice.

History of Art Faculty

Tim Correll, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Folklore, University of California
M.A., Folklore, University of California
B.A., English, University of Cincinnati

Duncan Givans, Assistant Professor
PhD, Art History - University of Warwick
MA, Art History - University of Warwick
MA with Honors, Medieval History - University of St Andrews

Adrian Kohn, Professor
AB, Georgetown University
MA, School of The Art Institute of Chicago
PhD, University of Texas

David Nolta, Professor
BA, University of Michigan
MA, University of Chicago
MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University

John Russell, Professor
BA, Washington University in St. Louis
MA, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Ezra Shales, Professor
BA, Wesleyan University
MFA Hunter College
PhD Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture

Shou-Chih Yen, Professor
BA, National Taiwan Normal University
MA, National Taiwan University
PhD, Yale University


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