Graduate Art History

The Master of Art within 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.

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.


Andrew Hershberger

Position: Professor, Division Chair, Art History
Phone: 419-372-2895
Address: 113 FAC

Sean Leatherbury

Sean Leatherbury

Position: Assistant Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-9942
Address: 1018 FAC

Ruthy Light

Ruthy Light

Position: Senior Lecturer, Art History
Phone: 419-372-3896
Address: 111 FAC

rebecca skinner green

Rebecca Skinner Green

Position: Associate Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-8514
Address: 1010 FAC

allie terry-fritsch

Allie Terry-Fritsch

Position: Associate Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-8533
Address: 1012 FAC

Katerina Ruedi Ray

Katerina Ruedi Ray

Position: Professor, Art History
Phone: 419-372-2786

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.

    Art History

  • ARTH 5350
    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 when topics vary. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5650
    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 introductions of new processes, major technological changes, and/or major works, artists, theorists, critics, or movements. Repeatable when topics vary to 9 hours. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5690
    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 altermodernism; art history and historiography; psychoanalytical, postcolonial, feminist and queer theory; performance and installation art; and/or major works, artists, theorists, critics, or movements. Repeatable when topics differ. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5750
    Critical Issues In World Art - Fall. Seminar of World arts and cultures that will focus on a specified thematic consideration of African, Asian, Oceanic, 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 when topics vary to 9 hours. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5800
    Graduate 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. Special Fee. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5820
    Special Topics in Art History - Offered on a limited basis. Innovative and intensive group studies in selected art historical research. Prerequisites announced for each offering. May be repeated. 1 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 5900
    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 careers in the arts. Required. Repeatable when topics vary. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6010
    American Art Seminar - Spring. Intensive study of period or problem in American art. Prerequisite: ARTH 5410 or ARTH 5420. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6020
    Seminar in Art History - Spring. Reports and discussion in areas of art theory, art history, and art criticism. May be repeated to nine hours. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6030
    Seminar in American Culture Studies - An interdisciplinary seminar coordinated in rotation by faculty members of School of Art and departments of English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, using lectures and subsequent discussion and papers to study problem, theme, or era. ARTH 6030 is also listed as ACS 6740. During a given semester, a student may receive credit for only one of these courses. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6040
    Seminar in Ancient Art - Selected topics normally in Aegean or Greek art; occasionally, Near Eastern or Roman art. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6050
    Art Of Modern Era - Art Of Modern Era 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6060
    Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism - Meta-critical debates about concepts and methods from modernism to the present. Discussion of major theoretical and practical texts with an emphasis on argumentation and rhetoric. Comparison of readings by authors who disagree with each other, either explicitly or implicitly, on particular ideas in order to identify, analyze, and expand upon the current philosophical options. Students will advocate and apply those methods or concepts that they find especially compelling or useful. This course replaces the requirement for the "Research Methods" one credit hour course. 3 to 3 credit hours.
  • ARTH 6820
    Art History Problems - Fall, Spring. Individual research problems in any part of art history. May be repeated to 6 hours. By permission only. 1 to 3 credit hours.