Art traces the contours of history. By studying it, we begin to recognize social and political shifts woven in fabric, molded in clay, and brushed on canvas.
Why study Art History at Sewanee?
Viewing artwork in its cultural context opens our eyes to art’s indelible mark on human existence. What movement inspired this style? What does this piece say about the audience? Does art prompt cultural changes or react to them? Asking such questions is an integral part of education here on the Mountain.
You will be strongly encouraged to complete a range of courses in complementary disciplines, including studio art, literature, history, philosophy, and religion. You’ll study prominent styles and periods of art from both social and aesthetic perspectives from an array of historical periods: the ancient world to medieval Europe, ancient and contemporary Asia, early modern Europe, and modern and contemporary American.
FIRST DESTINATIONS: art history MAJORS
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.
- Appraisals coordinator, Doyle, New York, New York.
- Marketing coordinator, Washington Fine Properties, Washington, D.C.
- Museum services, Pook & Pook Auctions and Appraisals, Dowington, Pennsylvania.
- Dance teacher, Candler School of Dance, Atlanta, Georgia.
GRADUATE SCHOOL & PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: ART HISTORY MAJORS
Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs—about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.
- M.A. in medieval art, Courtauld Institute, England.
- M.A. in cinema studies, Savannah College of Art and Design.
- M.A. in fine & decorative art, Sotheby's Institute of Art.
- Ph.D. in classical archaeology, University of Texas Austin.
FELLOWSHIP IN THE ARTS
Students with exceptional promise in performing or studio arts can apply for a Fellowship in the Arts. These fellowships range in value from $10,000 to $25,000 per year, renewable for four years.