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Art & Art History

Art & Art History

Engage, critique and shape culture with programs in art history, design studies, studio art and museum studies. Studio courses stress the fundamentals of visual communication and help you cultivate the technical skills to effectively express your ideals in a given medium. Art history courses combine the traditional and non-traditional approaches to the study of art – past and present – and focus on the social and cultural contexts of art and architecture. 

Learn to create original contemporary art and develop independent research projects; heighten visual literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and expand your abilities by exploring diverse cultural perspectives.

John Berry

I’ve seen students take their experiences in the arts at DePauw and go on to create amazing work and get recognized for it.-John Berry


Art studio prof Brickell and student working with clay

Internships Students Have Participated In:

  • Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Williams College Museum of Art

  • David Zwirner Gallery, NYC

  • Studio Assistant to artist Rashid Johnson, NYC

  • Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative Walton and Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Perez Art Museum, Miami

  • Curatorial Records and Files and Education Intern, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

  • Exhibit Designer, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

  • Publications Intern, Whitney Museum of Art, NYC

  • Administrative Intern, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Indianapolis

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Boston University

  • Duke University

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Temple University

  • University of California Berkeley

  • University of Michigan

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Washington University

  • Yale University

student painting in art studio

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  • John Berry, MFA, Indiana University. Research interests: modern and contemporary art, Byzantine and Russian icon painting, and the history of spatial illusion and pictorial space in painting and drawing.
  • Meredith Brickell, MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Research interests: site responsive, collaborative art projects, often connected to ceramic materials and processes.
  • Sarah Cowan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Research interests: modern and contemporary art of the Americas, especially Black feminist modernisms, artistic notions of labor and laziness, landscape interventions, and textiles.
  • Lyle Dechant, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University. Research interests: Gothic art and architecture, medieval illuminated manuscripts, the history and materiality of reading practices, visual manifestations of courtly love and eroticism, and iconoclasm and its histories.
  • Lori Miles, MFA, University of Notre Dame. Research interests: sustainability and contemporary approaches to materiality in sculpture, textile art and design, and community-based art practices.
  • Cynthia O’Dell, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder. Research interests: experimental documentary photography, text and image, and mixed media installation.
  • Pauline Ota, Ph.D., Stanford University. Research interests: late 18th-mid 19th-century Japanese visual culture, particularly the art of the Maruyama-Shijō school, Kyoto cityscapes, as well as maps, and the pictorial expression of the supernatural.