Art and Art History

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.

Collage of artists

Visual and Cultural Literacy

Studio art coursework fosters the student’s ability to conceive and express ideas creatively in a wide variety of media. The studio curriculum emphasizes the theoretical and technical fundamentals of visual communication and its cultural and sociopolitical implications.

Similarly, the art history curriculum develops student capacity to consider visual culture critically within a particular historic context. These courses analyze the production and reception of the 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.

Both studio art and art history students flourish in the interdisciplinary structure at The College of Wooster. Majors and minors have the opportunity to bring together their own diverse interests in their learning and research. Majors work alongside a faculty advisor in an intensive project culminating in their Senior Independent Study thesis and exhibition (for studio majors).

Beyond the in-depth studio practice, object-based learning, and Independent Study, students also engage with visiting artists, art historians and The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM). The CWAM regularly hosts nationally and internationally recognized artists through rotating exhibits and artists’ talks. A wide selection of off-campus study programs further enhance learning. 

Ebert Art Center

Take a look at what makes the Department of Art and Art History at The College of Wooster unique in this student-produced video by Marco Roccato ‘20.