Department of Art History

(Museum Studies and Visual Education)

Happening Now:

Congratulations to Gabrielle Kinney and McKenna Murray on Achieving Phi Betta Kappa!

Gabrielle Kinney was awarded Golden Key Society Membership

Gabrielle Kinney was accepted to the Georgetown Museum Studies Program

Applications being accepted for papers for the annual Art History Symposium

Alumna, Amanda Chestnut presenting her work in April/May in the Bridge Gallery/Brodie Hall and the Entrance Gallery/Milne Library

Alumna, Amanda Chetnut speaking at the Annual Art History Symposium - April 22 (Stay tune for details)

Maya Lucyshyn and Jacqueline Christensen studying in Paris

Alla Myzelev taking Art History Association Students on a trip to Toronto

Planning is underway to develop a Museum Studies Program project entitled - "The College as Museum: Preserving SUNY, Geneseo's Brodie Hall" work towards developing a preservation and sustainability profile for this significant modernist building, designed by the architect Edgar Tafel begins in Fall 2015 and will continue as part of the Museum Studies Program Offerings.

SUNY Geneseo's Department of Art History is housed in Brodie Hall, an architect designed building, that is the work of Edgar Tafel, one of the more significant architects of the second wave of American modernist architects, who followed the innovative designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Brodie Hall houses the Departments of Art History, Theater and Dance and Music into an integrated Arts area that combines creative expression with scholarship.

The Department of Art History provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of art as undergraduate scholars interested in careers in the Arts.  The Department offers linked programs in Art History (Major/Minor), Museum Studies (Minor) and an Education Concentration (School of Education), while encouraging students to develop their knowledge of Business practices (School of Business), through connected course work.  Additionally, the Department offers hybrid courses in the history and technique of Drawing and Watercolor, combining scholarly interest in history with studio practice.

Course offerings include a diverse range of courses from: Ancient to Contemporary, with an emphasis in identity studies, global outreach, art and politics, architectural history, urban planning, resource management, gender studies and new media, with special interest areas in: Latin American, Asian, African American, with inclusion of areas of special interest in Asian, Islamic, Judaic and diverse Christian traditions. 

Critical theory and a focus on research. writing and visual analysis is part of the curriculum.  Offerings are linked to related programs at Geneseo, such as GENseng (Asian American Theater), Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Asian Studies and Medieval Studies.

Student involvement includes participation in the Art History Association and in the Annual Art History Symposium, where students present their work.  The Award of the Pam Eder Memorial Prize in Art History is given to the best Symposium paper. 

Students can also assist the Director of Galleries, Cynthia Hawkins, with exhibitions for credit or as internships that allow them to participate in Geneseo's exhibition program.  The Student Association funds the Kinetic Gallery in the Student Union, which is managed by students, who plan programming, exhibition design and enact all of the functions and responsibilities that are part of curatorial studies.

The Program's faculty includes scholars with international, national and regional reputations and networks of contacts, who can assist students interested in pursuing Study Abroad experiences and in conducting research or pursuing internships in a variety of venues.

Brief Faculty Profiles:

Assistant Professor Alla Myzelev: Ph.D., Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; M.A. York University, Toronto, Ontario; B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; B.Ed. Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Fellowships and Awards: Paul Mellon Foundation; University of Guelph Fellowship; SSHRC Internal Research Fellowship, University of Guelph; Bader Doctoral Fellowship for Studies in British Art

Books: Alla Myzelev, Architecture, Design and Craft in Toronto 1900-1940: Creating Modern Living, 2016; Alla Myzelev, ed., Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm 1930-present, 2016; Alla Myzelev, Group of Seven and its role in Canadian Culture, 2014; John Potvin and Alla Myzelev, eds., Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity, 2010; Alla Myzelev, Baraka: Collecting of Voyage, Discovery, and Home. Exhibition Catalogue,  2008; approximately 26 articles and about 13 exhibition catalog essays and book reviews.

Visiting Professor Charles Burroughs: Ph.D. Warburg Institute, University of London; M.Phil, Warburg Institute, University of London; B.A., Balliol College, Oxford University

Previous Teaching: Case Western Reserve University, Chair, Department of Classics; Binghamton University; Northwestern University, UC Berkley.

Books:From signs to design: environmental process and reform in early Renaissance Rome. Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, 1990.The Italian Renaissance palace facade: structures of authority, surfaces of sense. Cambridge and New York, Cambridge University Press, 2002, approximately 30 articles in scholarly journals and books.

 Local and regional internships are available at Milne Library, Livingston County Museum, as well as at local art galleries and institutions.  We have also placed interns at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington.D.C., Sotheby's (NYC), Albright Knox Museum and similar institutions.

The Department has successful Alumni, who have been accepted in graduate M.A. and Ph.D. programs at:

St. Andrews, Scotland

Clemson University

Sotheby’s Business program

Binghamton University

University of the Arts, London

Chelsea College of Art and Design

Johns Hopkins

Virginia Commonwealth University

Buffalo University

University of Arizona (Tucson)

University of Texas (Austin)

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y. 

Our Alumni now work in the following institutions: Albright Knox, Museum of the Bible (NYC), Bonham’s, London, New York Studio School (NYC), New Britain Museum of American Art, EDSA Landscape Design (Ft. Lauderdale), Wheaton College, Curatorial Assistant, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Art Institute of Chicago in a range of careers that include career possibilities in:

College and University Professors

Museum Curatorial/Development

Exhibition Design

Auction Houses

Art Criticism and Journalism

Art Conservation


Landscape Design

Arts Management/Arts Administratio






Brief Faculty Profiles:

Professor Lynette M.F. Bosch, Ph.D. Princeton University, M.A. Princeton University, M.A. Hunter College, CUNY, B.A. Queens College, CUNY.  Prior Teaching Positions: Brandeis University, Tufts, University, Cornell University, Hunter College ...

Books Published: Author, Co-Author, Co-Editor of: Seven Books Italian and Spanish Renaissance topics, as well as Contemporary Latin American Art; about 20 articles in peer-review journal in Renaissance and Contemporary Latin American Art; and about 25 exhibition essays.

Curatorial activities include exhibitions at: Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Dretizer Gallery, Brandeis University; Case Western Reserve Art Gallery; Fairfield University Art Gallery; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.

Recent Books Published:2014 -Agnolo Bronzino: The Muse of Florence, Editor, Liana De Girolami CheneyNew Academia Press, Washington, D.C., contributed: “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Agnolo Bronzino’s Paintings for Bartolomeo and Lucrezia Panciatichi,” by Lynette M.F. Bosch, pp. 35-130 and“A Room with Many Views:” Eleonora de Toledo’s Chapel by Agnolo Bronzinoin the Palazzo Vecchio,” by Lynette M.F. Bosch, pp. 175-300;

2014 - Life Streams: The Cuban and American Art of Alberto Rey, co-edited with Mark  Denaci, Contributed chapters:Introduction - “Life Streams: The Cuban and American Art of Alberto Rey,” 1-12Chapter 1 - “Alberto Rey: Intersections,” 13-46; Chapter 5;“Trout as Form and Symbol,” 105-142Conclusion;“Bioregionalism and Animal Studies,”with Mark Denaci,201-206; Biographical Timeline – “Artist Inteview” 207-228

Fellowships and Awards: Harvard University: Bunting Fellowship; Mellon Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; American Philosophical Society, American Learned Societies; National Endowment for the Humanities; Fulbright Fellowship.

International Book Prize Award -Eleanor Tufts Book Award, American Society of Hispanic Art Scholarsfor Art, Liturgy and Legend in Renaissance Toledo: The Mendoza and the Iglesia Primada, Penn State Press (2000)


Professor Thomas MacPherson: M.F.A., The University of South Carolina; B.A., SUNY-Oswego

Exhibitions and Installations: Solo Exhibition, Portraits of a Sicilian Family, ohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute,Queens College, New York, New York; Installation,The Dining Room, The Art Studio Gallery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Installation, The Windows Project in the Warehouse Gallery of International Contemporary Art, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; 14 solo exhibitions and installations; 10 international juried exhibitions; 14 national juried exhibitions.

 Fellowships and Awards: Chancellor'sAward for Excellence in Teaching; HarterMentoring Award;25th Annual International Exhibition, The San Diego Watercolor Society; Exhibition Award-Mamieri Bold Color Award; 50th International Open Exhibition-”BoldExpressions” Exhibition Award-Honorable MentionNorthern California Arts, Inc Sacramento; Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA;Mid-Career Research Fellowship; A National View at Grandview Exhibition Award-HonorableMention, The Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA.

Group Exhibitions: -The San Diego Watercolor SocietyExhibition Award-Mamieri Bold Color Award;50th International Open Exhibition-”BoldExpressions” Exhibition Award-Honorable MentionNorthern California Arts, Inc SacramentoFine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA;

 Books: Thomas MacPherson, Crossing Cultures:  A Sicilian and Amercian Family In Western New York (publication date 2016); and 3 articles in scholarly journals and books.