ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Art History at Goucher?
We live in a world saturated by images – from Emojis and Snapchat to Instagram and the Internet. Because our modern world is very much a visual world, where visual means of communication dominate many aspects of our daily lives (e.g. news, advertising, entertainment, social media, YouTube, etc.), it is essential that today’s students think critically about the many ways in which images across time and cultures have been – and are still – constructed to make meaning. Goucher’s art history program introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of images, connecting the history of visual culture with broader streams of inquiry across the College, and engaging students in asking how the history of images relates the visual world of the 21st century.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Students who pursue art history courses at Goucher (regardless of whether they choose to take one Art History course during their Goucher career, or they opt to major or minor in Art History) will learn visual analytical skills, deepen their knowledge of the history of images across time and cultures, assess different theoretical, and methodological approaches to the study of images, and hone their research, writing, and communication abilities. Art History, with its emphasis on the historical, political, economic, scientific, and cultural contexts of visual culture, as well as its strong orientation toward research methods and writing, provides Goucher students a gateway to the study of cultural history, a critical eye, and an ability to integrate ideas: skills that complement their studies at the College and enrich their experience beyond their undergraduate years.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Art history is not only inherently interdisciplinary, engaging streams of inquiry across the College, but also inherently hands-on. Goucher’s Art History students work closely with exhibitions in Goucher’s Silber Art Gallery, with objects in Goucher’s Art and Artifact Collection, and with documents in Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives. Our students interact with museum professionals at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery, as well as in Galleries and community events that contribute to Baltimore’s vibrant contemporary art scene. They pursue internships in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic, and they complete special projects and independent studies that engage area collections. Many art history students opt to concentrate in our Arts Administration program, which prepares them for careers in museums, cultural institutions, and a variety of non-profit organizations.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Art History: April Oettinger
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Gail Husch, Professor of Art History: 19th-Century European and American Painting and Sculpture, American Apocalyptic Imagery
April Oettinger, Associate Professor of Art History: 15th- and 16th-century Venetian Art, Italian Renaissance Art and Literature, History of the Book
Allyn Massey, Associate Professor, Art and Art History:
Matthew McConville, Professor, Art and Art History
Laura Burns, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History: Photography, Contemporary Art, Curatorial Practices
Rick Delaney, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History: Digital Media, Printmaking
Pam Thompson, Professor, Art and Art History
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Jeffrey Myers, Associate Professor of English: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts in the Renaissance
Arnold Sanders, Associate Professor of English: Medieval literature, expository writing, literary theory, archives
Goucher’s Art History program, in collaboration with the Arts Administration Program, offers a three-week study-abroad course, "The Arts of Amsterdam: Arts Administration in Amsterdam." A course focused on global contemporary art and the Venice Biennale (based in Venice) is under development. Students may also elect to study art history at Goucher approved semester-long programs in a number of countries including Italy, France, Denmark, Scotland, and West Africa.
Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Internships for college credit are possible through established relationships with area museums, arts organizations, artists, galleries, and design studios, as well as through professional relationships researched by the student. These provide students with hands-on experience and help them establish professional contacts. Certain courses are open to Goucher students at a consortium of institutions, including the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Towson University.
The Spencer Award
The Eleanor Spencer Award is granted each year to a rising sophomore who has declared a major in art history or studio art. It funds outstanding research projects requiring travel to complete. Proposals are submitted to the department chair early in the spring semester and are reviewed by the department faculty.