Art History


The Division's relatively intimate size, together with BGSU's commitment to teaching, ensures a close connection between students and faculty, and offers an opportunity for students to profit from close faculty attention. The research specializations of the faculty include the history and theory of: Classical art and archaeology, Renaissance art and visual culture, contemporary art and photography, and the arts and cultures of Africa. With faculty in both Western and non-Western fields, students are offered a revolving curriculum of advanced courses representing every continent with chronological and thematic breadth, and are encouraged toward interdisciplinary study (please see catalog for a compete list of courses available).

Because the art history program at BGSU is housed in the School of Art and is part of its curriculum, the art history major receives constant exposure to the various art processes and has ample opportunity to see art in production. Students can also take advantage of the close proximity to the Toledo Museum of Art, and to numerous other museums in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Chicago allowing contact with some 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 museums changing exhibitions, and attend special lectures and symposia.

In addition, our students have full access to library collections (including the Popular Culture Library) and image resources such as ARTstor, OhioLINK, and vast repositories of literature online via Jerome Library's website.

A Bachelor of Arts degree from BGSU prepares individuals for a variety of careers in the arts and humanities, including continued study in art historical masters and doctoral programs. Art History graduate students and alumni have secured teaching and curatorial positions in a variety of two- and four-year colleges and art museums.

Art History students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy at SACI, in Ghana West, Africa, and in Bali, Indonesia.  For students who may be interested in exploring graduate school and a career in art conservation, please see our new "Art Conservation Studies Concentration" document below and take advantage of one of SACI's great strengths.  Please also see the School of Art's "Study Abroad" pages above for more information.

Art Conservation Studies Concentration (pdf)

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.


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.


Spring Term
School of Art
Bowling Green State University

Each Spring term, the Art History Division at the School of Art at BGSU sponsors the Annual Symposium in Art History, entitled New Perspectives in Visual Culture. The symposium is organized by the Art History Association at Bowling Green State University, which aims to support critical scholarship of the arts at the undergraduate level and to allow for the professional development of young scholars intending to pursue a career in art history. Papers are solicited from undergraduates nationwide and those selected for the symposium are organized into thematic panels addressing critical issues in the field of art history. The symposium takes place within the School of Art at Bowling Green State University, located in northwest Ohio. BGSU is recognized as for its excellence in the visual, performing and musical arts, and is committed to the promotion of critical scholarship of its historical and theoretical traditions.


Art History students helped to stage this interdiciplinary conference at the School of Art, Toledo Museum of Art and the Student Union at BGSU. The conference was co-organized by Dr. Allie Terry (Art History) and Dr. Erin Labbie (English) and was supported by the School of Art, the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, the Graduate College, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, the Departments of English, American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies, GREAL and the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society.

Dr. Allie Terry taught the Capstone in Art History in Spring 2008. The course was designed to include students from every department in the School of Art, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to staging an academic conference. Each student in the course contributed to his or her area of specialization, which provides an opportunity for professional hands-on familiarity to be gained while in an educational environment. Students in the class were exposed to their first hands-on conference experience during the planning and staging of the international conference, Beholding Violence: A conference on Medieval and Early Modern Culture, organized by Dr. Terry and held at BGSU at the end of February. The students were organized into teams that managed critical aspects of the conference, from hospitality to event planning to program design. They used the knowledge gained from their experience of the Beholding Violence conference to independently make the decisions concerning the student conference, "New Perspectives in Visual Culture: the 2nd Annual BGSU Art History Symposium." Every aspect of the student conference, from abstract selection to panel formation, budgeting, design, publicity, and hospitality, was jointly decided by the students under Dr. Terry's direction.

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Rachel Durham

Rachel Durham

Position: Instructor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-3891
Email: drachel@bgsu.edu
Address: 103 FAC

Andrew Hershberger

Andrew Hershberger

Position: Associate Professor, Division Chair, Art History
Phone: 419-372-2895
Email: aehersh@bgsu.edu
Address: 113 FAC

Ruthy Light

Ruthy Light

Position: Lecturer, Art History
Phone: 419-372-3896
Email: ruthy@bgsu.edu
Address: 111 FAC

rebecca skinner green

Rebecca Skinner Green

Position: Associate Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-8514
Email: rlgreen@bgsu.edu
Address: 1010 FAC

allie terry-fritsch

allie terry-fritsch

Position: Associate Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-8533
Email: alterry@bgsu.edu
Address: 1012 FAC

At Bowling Green State University the student interested in art history as a career choice can obtain a solid general grounding in the discipline which will serve as a background for graduate work toward an advanced degree. The art history faculty at Bowling Green offer the students expertise gained at some of the country's best graduate schools as well as through years of professional experience in the discipline.

Students beginning their study of art history at Bowling Green will want to go on to advanced work at a reputable graduate school as professional careers in art history usually require training beyond the bachelor's degree. This is especially true for students who plan a career in college or university teaching where a doctoral degree is required. Other possible careers to which a study of art history could lead would be: 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, and even, for those with sufficient capital to enter the field, art dealing and arts administration. To these ends, art history majors (and minors) can pair their studies through minors (and majors) in many areas, including Art Studio, Chemistry, History, English, Education, Sociology, American Culture Studies, Popular Culture, Area studies (Africana, Asian, Canadian &), Music, Business, Marketing, or the newly formed minor in Arts Management.

For students who may be interested in exploring graduate school and a career in art conservation and restoration, please see our new Art Conservation Studies Concentration and explore the "Description" and "Study Abroad" pages above and at left as well for more information.

Students who have begun their studies in art history at Bowling Green have gone to advanced work in the discipline at some of the country's finest graduate schools, where a number have earned the doctoral degree. A number of BGSU's art history graduates have, after earning their Ph.D.s, obtained teaching positions at institutions of higher education, some reaching high level administrative positions including department chair and college dean. Others have attained curatorial positions at prestigious museums, and at least one has written and produced television specials for PBS.

Art History Association in Front of Frank Gehry
2nd Annual BGSU Art History Symposium