Art History

Are you fascinated by life imitating art and art imitating life? The University of Central Arkansas Art History major explores the transformative connections between humanity and the arts, through courses that provide the historical context for the creation of masterpieces from modernity to ancient times, curriculum that balances Western and non-Western studies, and provides a comprehensive education in the global scope of art history. Your degree will prepare you to enter graduate and professional programs or pursue careers in a variety of fields, including museum education officers, art management positions, gallery curators, art auctioneers, archivists, antiques dealers, and historical researchers.

As an Art History major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special, which is why our university is designated as a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse academic interests, who are published in their field and remain active in the art community. Instructors are deeply committed to the success of their students, serving as mentors and critics in self-directed courses and bringing their passion for art history to the classroom lecture, including one professor who received the prestigious Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year Award for his pedagogy.
  • Professional Networking at the annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium, a collaborative effort among several Arkansas universities and colleges, that gives students the chance to present their own research papers in a professional academic environment. The symposium features 20-minute illustrated talks on a wide variety of topics in art history and includes the participation of art historians who provide feedback on student papers and a scholarly presentation of their own research.
  • Art History Association a UCA student organization, which seeks to promote the appreciation of visual arts by sponsoring trips to exhibitions and museums; art on campus; and public talks by artists, art professionals, and scholars. Some past events include: the Alumni Circle Competition, Conway Community Mural, College Art Association Conference, a trip to the Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the St. Louis Museum of Art, Conway Artsfest, and lunches with the UCA Artists in Residence.
  • Field Experience through student coordinator and curator opportunities in the two art galleries on UCA campus: the Baum Gallery, which exhibits artwork from regionally and nationally known artists and hosts senior exhibits as well as an annual student art competition; and the Black Box Gallery, which is an entirely student-run gallery, featuring two juried student shows and exhibiting five to six shows of student work each year.

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