Art History



Department of Art and Music Histories Professor Romita Ray’s Nineteenth-Century European Art Course Winning Bloggers Announced

During the spring 2017 semester, students in professor Romita Ray’s Nineteenth-Century European Art course wrote blogposts about some hidden nineteenth-century treasures in our SUArt collections. Special thanks to professor Sue Wadley (Anthropology) and to Emily Dittman (SUArt Galleries) who served as judges. Winners were “crowned” in a ceremony in class. Congratulations to the winners Fatma Gonca Tunc (not pictured), Amy Nuytkens, Cristina Rosace, Jacqueline Zamzow. Woohoo!  Click on their names to read their winning blogposts.


SUArt Galleries and the Department of Art and Music Histories

The SUArt Galleries continues its close relationship with the Department of Art and Music Histories by providing a number of educational opportunities using objects from the permanent collection.   Each academic year, if the gallery schedule allows, professors have the opportunity to design an upper level seminar surrounding a group of objects, working directly with SUArt curators. Students conduct primary research on the artist and examine the piece as would a museum professional. The culmination of this project is an annotated exhibition label and text, as well as a larger display in The Study Gallery. Other faculty work closely with Galleries staff to develop special displays in the Study Gallery of Study Cabinets that illustrate their course curricula. These exhibitions cover topics from general art survey classes to upper level courses examining Surrealism, Modern British Art and Asian Ceramics.

As a result of this relationship, enrolled students have the unique opportunity to examine original works of art rather than only seeing reproductions on a screen or in a book. Prehistoric, Greek, and Roman sculpture and pottery, and paintings or prints by important western artists such as Cranach, Durer, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Whistler, Picasso, and Rauschenberg help students better see and understand media, scale, and other issues not easily comprehended by looking at images in textbooks. Displaying non-western objects such as Indian folk art, Japanese pottery and prints, Chinese artifacts and pre-Columbian pottery and fabrics brings students into direct contact with the rich traditions and history of art making around the world.

To learn more about about the Department of Art and Music Histories, click here.