Art History


Students look at works of art in the Gallery in Olin Fine Arts Center during the Creosote Affects photo shoot May 2, 2019 at Washington & Jefferson College.

The Department of Art & Art History provides solid groundwork in studio art, art education, and the history of art while helping students tailor their academic experience to interests and career goals in art and related fields.

Students in the Art History minor learn about historical and contemporary art movements, art objects, artists, and aesthetics, subjects, which enhance their understanding of the artistic process. Art history students learn to analyze visual art and artists in relation to the social, political, and cultural context of their times, as well as to our world today.

Art History Snapshot

Research and Internships

Graduate School Preparation

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MA in Art Therapy
  • MS in Art Conservation
  • MA in Museum Studies
Careers After W&J

You’ll find W&J art majors practicing their craft in settings that range from teaching in their own classrooms or producing in their own studios to earning recognition for their work on the national stage. Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis ’08 has been nationally recognized for his abstract work in graphite.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Art History minor have numerous travel opportunities to examine art firsthand. The College funds yearly trips to New York and other major cities, as well as similar excursions to European art capitals every other year. On previous trips abroad, cities visited include Budapest, Rome, Paris, and Madrid.

Our students actively engage in creating and promoting art on campus, in and out of class. Projects are displayed as public art in the halls and courtyards of Olin Fine Arts Center and in other campus buildings. Visitors to Olin will find student paintings, projects, and other pieces lining the walls. Seniors exhibit their work, ranging from paintings and sculptures to pieces created in other unique media, during the Senior Show in the Olin Fine Art Gallery each spring, an event open both to the campus and the community.

Art History Faculty

Art History News

India March sitting in front of her artwork

Art and Activism: India March ’18 Speaks Against Racial Injustice

October 14, 2020

India March ’18 is practicing activism through her art.

W&J instructor Patrick Schmidt uses his art for face masks

August 29, 2020

Since the onset the coronavirus pandemic in March, artists like Patrick Schmidt have faced a particular challenge: Keeping their work before the public while galleries are shuttered and larger-scale events like the Three Rivers Arts Festival have either been canceled or have migrated online.

Art History Events

W&J Senior Show II

April 30 - May 9

Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating …  

CANCELED: W&J Senior Art Show I

April 16 - April 25

Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating …