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Art and Art History

Art stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion and philosophy, making it an ideal place from which to understand the liberal arts and the world at large.

At Dickinson, the Department of Art & Art History offers students two tracks for study: studio art and art history. Both concentrations foster rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple contemporary perspectives.

The senior year capstone experience allows studio and art history majors to pursue intensive, original research in their respective concentrations. Senior studio majors, benefiting from individual studio spaces, each create a body of work for an exhibition in The Trout Gallery accompanied by a museum catalog they create.

Senior art history majors undertake advanced scholarly research in co-curating and producing a published museum catalog for an exhibition in the Trout Gallery drawn from works in the college's permanent collection or from work lent by established galleries and museums.

Contact Info


Elizabeth LeeAssociate Professor of Art History

Department Coordinator

Michele Karper





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Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • One River School of Art + Design  
  • American Folk Art Museum 
  • New York Public Library 
  • Children’s Museum of New York 
  • The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • National Gallery of Art  
  • National Museum of American History 
  • Michener Museum of Art 
  • Barnes Foundation 
  • Museum of Modern Art 
  • Sotheby's  

Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University 
  • SUNY Purchase 
  • Lewis & Clark  
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
  • Cranbrook, Academy of Art 
  • SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 
  • University College of London, Slade School of Fine Art 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • New York University, School of Law 
  • McGill University 
  • University of Toronto 
  • Yale University 
  • Harvard University 
  • Rhode Island School of Design 
  • Boston University 
  • MICA (Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art) 
  • PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) 
  • University of Delaware 
  • UPenn 
  • Temple University 
  • The Courtauld 
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Cardiff University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Atlantic Records 
  • The Biscuit Factory 
  • New York Arts Practicum 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Whitney Museum of Art 
  • Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum  
  • Princeton University Art Museum 
  • Wadsworth Athenaeum 
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts 
  • State Museum of Harrisburg  
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art 
  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. 
  • Christie’s  

Department Features

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Warith Taha is a visual artist from Oakland, Calif. Working primarily through the medium of painting, Warith creates work that addresses his Black queer relationship to time, space and material.

Student Perspective

"Art history is the ultimate liberal art. Through studying art, we are able to learn about history, politics, economics and trade, religion, culture, philosophy, languages, architecture, environmental studies, music and more! All of the art-history faculty have different concentrations, and the variety of courses in the major gives students exposure to diverse art forms spanning numerous continents and millennia. The faculty also have high expectations and push students to produce their best work."

—Xenia Makosky ’24

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Art & Art History News

Celebrating Black Brilliance

Celebrating Black Brilliance

The Trout Gallery celebrates the legacy of trailblazing Black artists with a vibrant exhibition and fun interactive programs for the campus and local communities.

The Art of Connection

The Art of Connection

“It meant a lot to be seen and recognized for work I’ve been doing since graduation." The class of 1989's alumni art show/reunion brought classmates together in fresh and inspiring ways.

Art & Art History Major Jobs and Scholarships 2024

Art & Art History Major Jobs and Scholarships 2024

Art & art history majors awarded Fulbright and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowships.

Bring It On!

Bring It On!

"It's an intense collaboration where everybody has to bring something." Catch a sneak peek of the 2024 senior studio art exhibition, opening April 19.

Boundaries Imagined: Decoding the Legacy of Louisa Chase

Boundaries Imagined: Decoding the Legacy of Louisa Chase

Seven years after the artist's passing, student curators present works showcasing Louisa Chase's convention-defying career. Expert guidance from an art department alumnus helped light the way.

A Spring Awakening: College Announces New Public Arts Events

A Spring Awakening: College Announces New Public Arts Events

Awaken your senses this spring with invigorating performances, exhibits, readings and residencies.