Art History

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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.

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.

Graduate School Preparation

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MA in Art Therapy
  • MS in Art Conservation
  • MA in Museum Studies

Art History Faculty

John Lamberston

Art Department Chair

John Lambertson, Ph.D.

John Lambertson, Ph.D. is a professor of Art and is the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Washington & Jefferson College.

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Art Department Events

W&J Senior Show II

April 30 - May 9
285 E Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301 United States

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