Welcome to the Department of Art History

Why major or minor in art history, architectural studies, or art history with a museum studies concentration at Ithaca College?

  • Because you've always been interested in art, architecture and visual culture and would like to explore how images and buildings can express fundamental ideas about society, historically and in the present.
  • Because you're interested in a possible career in museums, galleries, art restoration, urban design, landscape architecture, historic preservation, or architectural design.
  • Because you want to develop visual and spatial skills relevant to success in a host of seemingly unrelated careers.
  • Because you love to travel, and are interested in study abroad or off-campus courses or internships that can take you to new places.

The Department of Art History at Ithaca College is dedicated to developing the professional and personal interests of students with a passion for the visual world and the built environment. We offer programs designed to build knowledge, train the eye and the mind, shape professional skills, and provide rich and varied cultural experiences for our students.

The department offers a number of exciting resources for students, including

  • The Handwerker Gallery, which provides opportunities for students to work directly with art and exhibitions, both in the classroom and as preprofessional interns.
  • Internship and fieldwork opportunities off campus, including at Ithaca College's New York City and London Center programs.
  • An advanced technology classroom, funded through a major grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, which provides rich environment for students to interact with digital images and multimedia, and studio facilities for architectural studies students to produce designs and 3-D models.
  • One-on-one work with faculty on research topics in a tutorial, an independent study, and (for those who qualify) an honors thesis.
  • Access to digital image databases containing well over 1,000,000 images, for use in our classrooms and for student research.
  • An annual departmental field trip to a major cultural center, such as New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C.
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889 (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
What do our students do with an art history degree?

Sivan Amar '05 is a project manager for Artex, a fine arts services company in Queens, NY. She received an MA from Hunter College in Art History, Criticism and Conservation.

Shannon Hanrahan '07 is the major gifts officer at WSKG in Vestal, NY. She received her MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London.

Kristen Leipert '99 works as an Assistant Archivist at the Whitney Museum of American Art's Frances Mulhall Achilles Library in New York City.

Tina Orlandini '11 received an MA in Art and Public Policy from NYU Tisch School, and is currently working as a web and graphic design consultant for a number of artists, activists, and community groups throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Erica Schultz '03 works as the architectural historian and preservation planner at the Architectural Resources Group in San Francisco, after having received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland.

Chelsea Hogan ‘06 currently works as part of the education team at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and is a founding member of Museumprov. She received a Masters in Museum Education from George Washington University.

Patrick Rodgers ’01 is Galleries Director at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania, and received his Masters in Museum Studies at U. of Toronto.

Derek Piech ’05 is the Associate Director at the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York City.

After receiving her M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, Heather Farley ‘05 is now the Collections Manager and Registrar at the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office in Washington D.C.

Sally Russell '11 is the Licensing Administrative Assistant at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona.

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