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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.

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.


ANNUAL AHA EVENTS:
SPRING EVENTS:
NEW PERSPECTIVES IN VISUAL CULTURE: ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM IN ART HISTORY

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.

PAST EVENTS:

FEBRUARY 28- MARCH 1, 2008 BEHOLDING VIOLENCE: A CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN CULTURE
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.

CAPSTONE COURSE IN ART HISTORY 2008
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.

Life in Miniature 2014

Andrew Hershberger

Andrew Hershberger

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

Sean Leatherbury

Sean Leatherbury

Position: Assistant Professor, Art History
Email: seanvl@bgsu.edu
Address: 1018 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, Division Chair, 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.

  • ARTH 1450
    Western Art I - Fall, Spring. Ancient and Medieval art. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts requirement. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 1460
    Western Art II - Fall, Spring. Art from Renaissance to present. May be taken before ARTH 1450. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts requirement. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 2700
    Survey of World Art - Alternate Fall. Survey of world arts and cultures, from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas, including arts of various media and materials, and those created within selected religious practices and belief systems. Required for BA Art History majors. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 2900
    Art History Methods and Theory - Fall. Introduction to the critical traditions of art history and its current developments, with a focus on the major methodological approaches to visual analysis. Required for BA Art History majors and minors. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3110
    Bronze Age Aegean Art - Art and archaeology of Bronze Age Aegean cultures, from the Paleolithic Era to the end of the Bronze Age; the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3130
    Greek Art - Art of Greece from the Dark Ages through the Hellenistic period: emphasis on vase-painting, sculpture and architecture. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3150
    Art of Etruria and Rome - Etruscan and Roman sculpture, architecture and painting from the 8th century B.C. to the 5th century A.C. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3170
    Ancient Near Eastern Art - From the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens, to the Code of Hammurabi, the art of the Ancient Near East holds a mythical aura. This lecture course will investigate and demystify the arts of the Ancient Near East (Mesopotamia, Iran, Levant, and Anatolia) through a survey from the invention of cities (ca. 4000 BC) to the advent of Islam (ca. 600 AD). We will examine temple and palace architecture, monumental sculpture, glyptic, terracotta and small-scale luxury arts, with the goal of appreciating ancient civilization. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3310
    Early Christian and Byzantine Art - Fall. The art of the Byzantine Empire, spanning eleven centuries and several continents, offers a dazzling array of materials and forms to the contemporary student. This course follows the rise and fall of Byzantium and is organized chronologically by the key moments in its political and religious history, beginning with Constantine's foundation of Constantinople and the official adoption of Christianity as the Imperial religion (4th century CE), and ending with the Ottoman takeover of Constantinople in 1453. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3330
    Medieval Art - Spring. This course focuses on the artistic culture of the Middle Ages, a vast span of time from the collapse of the Roman Empire (5th century) through the rise of renaissance culture (14th century). The course investigates the function of art and architecture in relation to specific cultural and cross-cultural contexts across Europe and the Holy Lands. Particular attention will be paid to critical issues in medieval scholarship, including investigations of the relation between image and text, art and the body, patronage and self-fashioning, space and architectural function. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3350
    Art of the Italian Renaissance - Selective survey of the major monuments, personalities, and cultural events in Italy from the late 13th through the early 16th centuries. With the aim of recreating the social context for the art and architecture of the period, the course examines the sacred and secular spaces of urban, courtly, religious, and domestic contexts. Critical issues of particular interest include the myth of the Renaissance artistic genius, the socio-political motivations behind the revival of antiquity, the shift in the status of the artist, and the new emphasis on artistic imagination. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3370
    Northern Renaissance Art - Spring. This course examines the art and architecture produced in select European countries located north of the Alps from the late fourteenth century through the sixteenth century. Particular attention is given to the social context of artistic production and reception, and to certain issues that are critical to the study of Northern European art, including the connection between art and devotional life, court culture, the effect of Humanism and the Reformation on artistic production, regional differences in patronage of the arts, and the shifting status of the artist. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3390
    Baroque Art - Spring. Baroque art explodes onto the artistic scene in new dramatic, descriptive, sensual and emotive forms from the late sixteenth through the early eighteenth centuries. This class will provide an in-depth examination of the visual arts produced during this time in Europe, and will closely study the dominant artistic personalities of the period. Three overarching frames will guide our investigation of the Baroque: the Counter-Reformation (alternatively called the Catholic Restoration), the development and suppression of New Science, and the flourishing of the theatrical arts. Prerequisite: ARTH 1450, 1460, or 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3610
    Art of the 19th Century - Painting and sculpture in the 19th century in Europe from neoclassicism through post-impressionism. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3630
    Modern Architecture - Architecture of 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and America. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3650
    Histories of Photography: Theory and Criticism from Invention to Present - Critical survey of primarily European and American photography from roughly 1839 to the present. Discussion of major photographers and art movements over time. Emphasis on photography's transition from hand-made materials into the age of mass-production, and on the technological, theoretical, and aesthetic changes of the period. Comparison of different and at times antagonistic historians, theorists, and critics of this evolving "modern" and "post-modern" medium. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3670
    Art of the Modern Period - Major movements in painting, sculpture, and other media in Europe and America from Fauvism to 1960; theoretical bases as well as formal innovations. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3690
    Art of the Contemporary Period - Major movements in painting, sculpture, and other media in Europe and America from the later 20th century to the present; traditional art forms as well as the more radical recent developments. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3710
    Art of India and S.E. Asia - Art and architecture in India and S.E. Asia from the earliest times to present. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts and international perspective requirements. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3730
    Art of China and Japan - Art and architecture of China and Japan from earliest cultures to present. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts and international perspective requirements. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3750
    Art of Western Africa - Western African art within its cultural, historical, social, and spiritual context. Discussion of a representative range of peoples from a variety of cultures, time periods, and geographic locations. Gives student a better understanding and appreciation of this complex art. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts and international perspective requirements. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3770
    MesoAmerican Art - Survey of the art and cultures of the peoples of MesoAmerica, with a primary focus on ancient Mexico. Pottery and ceramic sculpture, monumental stone carving, precious and semi-precious stone carving, and architecture considered in its social, religious, political, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts and international perspective requirements. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 3790
    Oceanic Art - Survey of the art and cultures of selected islands in the Pacific Ocean. Will look at sculpture, jewelry, weaponry, household objects, boats, and architecture for clues to these cultures. Prerequisite: one of ARTH 1450, ARTH 1460, or ARTH 2700, or consent of instructor. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) humanities and arts and international perspective requirements. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4350
    Critical Issues in Early Modern Art - Fall. Seminar on critical issues, problems, and debates in the early modern art world (late Medieval through Baroque periods). Each semester will focus upon varied thematic, historical, or theoretical issues such as: the early modern patron of art; violence and art in early modern culture; art, ritual, and performance in Italy; and/or major works, artists, theorists, artistic centers, or movements. Repeatable once if topics differ. Prerequisite: one ARTH 33##-level course, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4650
    Critical Issues in Art and Technologies - Fall. Seminar on critical issues, problems, and debates in the arts and technologies as related to photography, film, video, and/or digital new media in primarily Western geographical contexts. Each semester will focus upon varied thematic, historical, or theoretical topics such as issues of production and reproduction, race and gender, particular media or performance, the introduction of new processes, major technological changes, and/or major works, artists, theorists, critics, or movements. Prerequisite: any ARTH 3###-level course, or consent of instructor. Repeatable once when topics vary. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4690
    Critical Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art - Spring. Seminar on critical issues, problems, and debates in modern and contemporary art, theory, or criticism in all media within primarily Western geographical contexts. Each semester will focus upon varied thematic, historical, or theoretical issues such as: modernism, postmodernism, and aftermodernism; art history and historiography; psychoanlaytical, postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory; performance and installation art; and/or major works, artists, theorists, critics, or movements. Prerequisite: one ARTH 36XX-level course, or consent of instructor. Repeatable once when topics vary. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4700
    Independent Studies in Art History - Supervised individual problems in selected art history research for students who have shown proficiency and marked degree of independence in other art history coursework. May be repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4750
    Critical Issues in World Art - Fall. This seminar will focus on a specified thematic consideration of arts and cultures in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Caribbean, and/or the Americas. Particular topic may include arts of various media and materials and/or those created within selected religious practices and belief systems. Thematic considerations may include issues of power, gender, or contemporary arts, or a particular media such as textiles or performance. Repeatable once when topics vary. Prerequisite: one ARTH 37##-level course, or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4800
    Travel Colloquium - On demand. Art historical practice in conjunction with travel to selected domestic or international destinations. Variety of research methodologies to enhance experience and understanding of the arts in relation to culture and history. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4900
    Professional Practices in Art History - Spring. Hands-on experience of the methods and practices of the discipline of art history, with focus on professional development and practical experience in the field. Required for BA Art History majors and minors. Repeatable once. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 4950
    Special Topics in Art History - Innovative and intensive group studies in selected art historical research. Prerequisites announced for each offering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.