2024-2025 University Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog

Art and Art History (ARTH, ARTS)

Art and Art History

The Arts: The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in studio art and art history, and minors in art history, studio art, and cultural heritage and museum studies. Housed in Wilson Hall and located next to the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the department offers a wide range of courses for both majors and non-majors. Attractive classrooms and studios overlook Woods Creek. Regular exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs are held in the Staniar Gallery.

HONORS: Honors Programs in art history and studio art are offered for qualified students; see department head for details.

Department Head: Andrea Lepage         


First date is the year in which the faculty member began service as regular faculty at the University. Second date is the year of appointment to the present rank.

Leigh Ann Beavers, M.F.A—(2004)-2004
Instructor of Art
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin Madison

George R. Bent, Ph.D.—(1993)-2007
Sidney Gause Childress Professor of Art History
Ph.D., Stanford University

Christa Kreeger Bowden, M.F.A.—(2006)-2017
Professor of Art
M.F.A., University of Georgia

Wendy M. Castenell, Ph.D—(2022)-2022
Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of Missouri

Sandy de Lissovoy, M.F.A.—(2019)-2019
Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. University of California, Irvine

Theodore van Loan, Ph.D—(2022)-2022
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D. Harvard University

Melissa Robin Kerin, Ph.D.—(2011)-2024
Professor of Art History and Director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Elliott Haigh King, Ph.D.—(2012)-2024
Professor of Art History
Ph.D., University of Essex

Andrea Lepage, Ph.D.—(2008)-2020
Pamela H. Simpson Professor of Art History
Ph.D., Brown University

Emma Steinkraus, M.F.A —(2022)-2022
Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. University of Iowa

NOTE: The studio art and art history courses are numbered according to the following schemes.



ARTH scheme

100, survey

0, General/Ancient

1, Islamic

2, Native American & Indigenous (North America)

3, African American

200, period lecture

4, East Asian &South Asian

300, seminar (adv)

5, European to 1800

400, dir/indep work

6, Modern

7, Indigenous, Latin American and US Latinx



ARTS scheme

100, beginning

0, Criticism

200, middle

1, drawing & painting

300, advanced

2, photo & printing

400, dir/indep work

3, design & sculpture





















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