Graduate Art History
The Master of Art with in Art History allows students to pursue advanced study in western and non-western art. Art History graduate students receive constant exposure to the various art processes and have ample opportunity to see art in production. Bowling Green's proximity to the Toledo Museum of Art gives students the advantage of close contact with one of the country's finest art collections. Here the art history major may study many excellent examples of art from all periods and cultures, view the museum's changing exhibitions, and attend special lectures and symposia.
Library resources available include not only the University's but also those of the nearby Toledo Museum of Art. Through OhioLink the student has access to library collections across Ohio. The School's Art Resource Center houses the Art History Division's collection of approximately 100,000 slides.
In addition to the extensive courses available to art history students at BGSU, our students also have the opportunity to have hands-on experience in art museums and archaeological sites in Italy through the SACI program in Florence. Some of the more exciting opportunities include courses on theory and artistic practice of the renaissance, art conservation, onsite archaeology and museology courses and internships.
ART HISTORY ASSOCIATION (AHA)
The Art History Association is a student-driven organization dedicated to fostering professional development in the arts, with an eye toward careers in art history after graduation. Students meet to discuss current issues in the discipline of art history and to organize excursions to museums, galleries, lectures and site-specific destinations. The Art History Association also organizes the Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at BGSU each spring within the School of Art.
Interested students should contact the AHA for information on meetings, excursions and events.
Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch and Ruthy Light are the AHA Faculty Advisors.
Students who graduate with a Master of Arts degree are qualified to teach at institutions of higher education such as community colleges and as instructors at universities. Other possible careers are: curatorial and library positions in museums, art restoration and conservation, art auction houses, art and law, art and business, cultural resource management, positions in commercial galleries, art dealing and arts administration.
A number of BGSU's art history graduates have, after earning their Ph.D.s elsewhere, obtained teaching positions at universities, some reaching high level administrative positions including department chair and college dean. Others have attained curatorial positions at prestigious museums, and one alumni has written and produced television specials for PBS.
Graduates from the MA program in Art History have gone on to teach at institutions such as University of Toledo, John Carroll University, and the University of Findlay, enrolled in PhD programs at Cardiff University in Wales, the University of Minnesota, and Ohio State University, and have worked at the University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, and the Toledo Museum of Art.