ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Art History at Goucher?
We live in a world saturated by images, which means that visual communication dominates many aspects of our daily lives (e.g. news, advertising, entertainment, social media, etc.). It is essential for today’s students to think critically about the many ways in which images across time and cultures have been – and still are – constructed to make meaning. Goucher’s visual and material culture program connects the history of images and artifacts with broader streams of inquiry into the visual world of the 21st century.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Visual and Material Culture students at Goucher deepen their knowledge of the history of images across time and cultures, assess theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of images, and hone their analytical and communication skills. Visual culture, with its emphasis on the political, economic, scientific, and cultural contexts of images and artifacts, 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 Goucher and enrich their experiences beyond their undergraduate years.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
The study of Visual and Material Culture is not only inherently interdisciplinary, engaging streams of inquiry across the College, but also inherently hands-on. Goucher’s VMC 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. Students pursue internships in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic, and they complete special projects and independent studies that engage area collections. Many art history students concentrate in our Arts Administration Program, which prepares them for careers in museums, cultural institutions, and a variety of nonprofit organizations.
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.
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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 Visual and Material Culture or a minor in 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.
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“Studying abroad in Viterbo demanded that I look at myself honestly. I came to understand my strengths, weaknesses, and to further shape my ambitions.”
- February 13, 2019
Professor April Oettinger has been appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.