The Department of Art and Art History is a cornerstone of the liberal arts experience at Wooster. Here, studio art and art history students develop a focused understanding of the visual arts, past and present. They graduate with the ability to think imaginatively, analytically, and critically about both the art they create and the visual traditions that inform our world.

Visual Literacy

The art history curriculum develops student capacity to consider visual culture critically. From built environments to visual imagery, art history embeds the symbols and structures of our world within historic contexts. These courses analyze the production and reception of a diversity of visual arts within distinct social, religious, cultural, and political circumstances. Some courses allow students to take part in object-based learning activities and even student-curated exhibitions.

What can you do with an Art History degree from The College of Wooster?

Graduates from The College of Wooster can be found contributing to the art world in museums, galleries and archives across the United States. Alumni of the program have continued to graduate school in art history, museum studies, urban planning, law school, library sciences, and art conservation, while others pursue careers in education or arts management.

The College of Wooster Art Museum, located in the Ebert Art Center, brings a variety of exhibitions to campus featuring regional, national and international artists, providing students opportunities to engage with visual and material culture that informs their academic and professional goals. Internships and experiential learning opportunities—from object-based instruction to student-curated exhibitions—further students’ insights into career paths and academic ambitions in art history.

Art History  at  The College of Wooster

Art History courses at The College of Wooster cover non-Western practices as well as the major periods of the Western cannon. Majors complete 12 courses toward art history degrees: eight in art history, one course in studio art, one course in art historical theory & application, and two semesters of independent study. These courses must be selected from a variety of periods and histories. All students at The College of Wooster complete an independent study thesis under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Students with an interest in studying architecture in graduate school have the option to participate in the College’s Pre-Architecture Program and advising.

Faculty & Staff

Zachary Bath

Zachary Bath

Studio Art Technician, Art and Art History


Tracy Cosgriff

Tracy Cosgriff

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, Middle Eastern & North African Studies (on leave 2022-23 academic year)


Amber Kempthorn head shot

Amber Kempthorn

Adjunct Instructor, Art and Art History


Daren Kendall

Daren Kendall

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History


Marina Mangubi

Marina Mangubi

Professor, Art and Art History


Tracy Mathys

Tracy Mathys

Administrative Coordinator, Art and Art History


Kara Morrow

Kara Morrow

Associate Professor, Art and Art History; Chair of Museum Studies


Bridget Murphy Milligan

Bridget Murphy Milligan

Professor and Department Chair, Art and Art History


Jodi Robison

Jodi Robison

Visual Resources and Technology Specialist, Art and Art History


John Siewert

John Siewert

Associate Professor, Art and Art History


Latest Art History News

Sam Gilliam, Looking at the Moon (detail), 1991. Mixed media. Collection of the College of Wooster Art Museum. The Raymond Machesney Art Collection, Gift of the Raymond Machesney ’59 Trust. 2018.16. Photograph by Marianne Eileen Wardle.

The College of Wooster Art Museum spring exhibition features work from famed abstract artist Sam Gilliam

The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) is displaying its spring exhibition, Essential Matter, Jan. 12 to April 2 in the Sussel Gallery of […]

Egyptian Mummy

The College of Wooster Art Museum hosts event on the collection’s Egyptian mummy

The College of Wooster Art Museum is hosting an event called “IN CONTEXT: The Wooster Mummy” on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Lean […]

Amber Kempthorn, adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art & Art History at The College of Wooster

Art Instructor Amber Kempthorn premiers short, animated film accompanied by Akron Symphony Orchestra

Amber Kempthorn, adjunct faculty member of the Department of Art & Art History at The College of Wooster, will premier her four-part animation Ordinary […]


The College of Wooster Art Museum fall exhibit highlights the impact of everyday containers

This fall, The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) is displaying the exhibition, “CONTAINED: The Art of Holding it Together” in the Sussel Gallery […]

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Twelve courses are required to fulfill the Art History major requirements:

  • Introduction to Art History: Prehistory-Medieval or Introduction to Art History: Renaissance-Modern
  • One course from the following: The Bronze Age, Greek Archaeology & Art, or Roman Archaeology & Art
  • One course from the following: Early Medieval Art or Late Medieval Art
  • One course from the following: Italian Renaissance Art, Northern Renaissance Art, Baroque Art, or Global Renaissance
  • One course from the following: Nineteenth-Century Art, Modern Art, or Art Since 1960
  • One course from the following: African Art, Islamic Art, African-American Art, or Global Renaissance
  • Two 300-level electives: American Art, Gender in Moderen Art, Architecture I, Architecture II, History of Prints, Exhibiting Africa, Special Topics Seminar, OR One 300-level elective and one additional 200-level course from any above.
  • One elective course in Studio Art
  • Theory & Applications in Art History
  • Senior Independent Study (two semesters)
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Six courses are required to fulfill the Art History minor requirements:

  • Six courses are required to fulfill the Art History minor requirements:
  • Introduction to Art History: Prehistory-Medieval, or Introduction to Art History: Renaissance -Modern
  • Four 200-level courses, one each in four of the five areas above beginning with “One course”
  • One elective 300-level art history course
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Independent Study

Senior Independent Study will be the biggest project you’ll undertake at Wooster. The College of Wooster curriculum–from the classes you take, to the internships you complete, and the off-campus studies you engage in–will prepare you for this exciting and formative experience. As such, your Senior I.S. is the culmination of the efforts you’ve made during your college experience to think critically, work independently, and to express yourself effectively.

Watch as students explore new worlds using virtual reality in the Ebert Art Center. This student-produced video by Dash Luo ‘22 shows how the audience experienced Thanh Nguyen’s ’19 senior independent research project, Untitled: Dissecting how consumerism’s recycling exploits Southeast Asian environment in a Virtual Art experience.

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Graduates from The College of Wooster can be found contributing to the art world in museums, galleries and archives across the United States. Alumni of the program have continued to graduate school in art history, museum studies, urban planning, law school, library sciences, and art conservation, while others pursue careers in education or arts management.

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Lab Facilities

Visual Resources provides diverse technological support for Studio Art and Art History faculty and students. The department is overseen by a Visual Resources and Technology Specialist who assists with:

  • The Ebert Digital Lab technology and software
  • Preparation of digital images through flatbed scanning, slide scanning, and digital photography
  • Documenting artwork, image editing, digital imaging workflow, and best practices
  • Preparation of instructional materials
  • Photographic, video, computer, printing, and lighting equipment in the digital lab
  • Access to existing slide collections
  • Digital archiving and access to digital collections