Art and Art History
Berea College art - Doris Ulmann Galleries

Art and Art History

Art and Art History

Graduates earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a concentration in either Art History or Studio Art. Minors are available in both concentrations. In the Studio Concentration, students focus on Ceramics, Fibers, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Art History students study the visual culture of people around the world. Courses in Archaeology and opportunities in exhibition design and conservation are also offered. All students are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of study abroad experiences. All students must complete a capstone of either a group student exhibition of original art in on-campus galleries, or a public presentation of student-driven art historical research.

Opportunities & Internships

The average class size is 10-20 students with plenty of opportunities for students to engage in personalized faculty feedback and growth. A variety of field trips, student-designed summer projects, and conferences are available for off-campus art experiences.

We house about 14,000 objects, and exhibit the work of 6-10 contemporary artists from across the country each year in the Doris Ulmann Galleries on campus. Artists and other scholars are regularly invited to campus to give presentations and workshops. There are a wide variety of art related work positions available including: faculty and studio Teaching Assistants (TAs), faculty research assistant, gallery and exhibitions assistant, Ceramic Apprenticeship Program (CAP), gallery security, and on-campus art store sales assistant.

For more information about labor opportunities in the Art Department, please contact Larky Crawford.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates are able to communicate about art effectively and are well-versed in the complex interactions between art and its contexts, as well as a broad range of materials and technical skills. The Art graduate is equipped in detailed observation, strong writing and research skills, public presentation, time management, and teamwork. Graduates may consider graduate school or seek employment in a variety of fields including as artists, art handlers, conservators, designers, editors, educators, librarians, art and cultural property law professionals, gallery and museum professionals, publishers, and arts organizations.

[Art History] opened my eyes within my own life and helped me develop as a
person, not just an art historian . . . It also helped me learn more about the world
we live in today. It made me want to have a voice. And that voice seeps into all of
my courses at Berea and encourages me to keep learning.

Recent Art Major graduate

Contact Us

Berea College | Rogers-Traylor Art Building 101 | CPO 2162 | Berea, KY 40404 | 859-985-3530