Department of Fine Arts

Art History


Art history is an integral part of the Fine Arts program. In general terms, the art history curriculum provides a strong outreach to the wider WSU student body because many of the art history courses fulfill WSU humanities and intercultural general education requirements (GERs). Any WSU student may complete an 18 credit art history minor. Within the studio program, Fine Arts studio majors receive a solid background in the history of art, art criticism, and contemporary theory.

There is now an art history option within the BA in Fine Arts. This offers students a broad exposure to the history of the visual arts. Art history majors begin with foundation survey courses, the History of World Art (FA 201 and FA 202), and then take upper-division courses to consider art from specific cultures and historical time periods. In these specialized courses, students gain familiarity with contextual issues concerning the production and consumption of art. They develop research and writing skills necessary to think critically about art and visual culture. Students are also introduced to basic aspects of studio production to enhance their visual skills and knowledge of material practices. Students complete their studies by writing a thesis paper and developing knowledge of one foreign language.


Maria DePrano

Associate Professor: Art History
T: (509)335-5187
Office: Room 5072G

Marianne Kinkel

Associate Professor: Art History
T: (509) 335-1363
Office: Room 5072E

Michael Holloman

Associate Professor: Art History
T: (509) 335-0449
Office: 23D Cleveland Hall

Pamela Lee

Associate Clinical Professor: Art History
T: (509) 335-1230
Office: Honors Hall 125C



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