Department of Art History

(Museum Studies and Visual Education)

Happening Now:

Pancakes for Pam , Hosted by Lady Arethusa Sorority to Raise Money for the Pam Eder Art History Scholarship, $5 All-You-Can-Eat, Interfaith Center, May 3, 12-2! Go! Eat! Donate!

Jeffrey Chusid, Associate Professor, at Cornell University was Keynote Speaker at the Seventh Annual Art History Symposium. He spoke on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Jacqueline Christensen was awarded The Pam Eder Art History Memorial Prize for her talk "Van Eyck's 'Mystic Lamb" and Camus' 'La Chute," delivered at the Symposium

Jared Chamberlin, SUNY, Geneseo and Johns Hopkins Museum Studies Program Alumnus,  spoke at the Art History Symposium on his career in museums

Katherine Scalia, Art History Major, was accepted to Phi Betta Kappa - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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.

 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