Art History

The Department of Art & Design offers BA and BFA Studio Art degrees with an Enhanced Art History Option. Also, Art History is offered as a minor with 21 credit hours. Art history may also be selected as one of the concentrations for the Liberal Arts major.

In Art History courses, students become familiar with the discipline of Art History, its methods, its traditions and its applications. Students learn about their chosen profession by being introduced to the major artists and works of art of the past and near present, as well as to the theories and cultural circumstances which supported the making of art.  Classes cover a wide variety of the arts of the Western tradition—Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Nineteenth century, Modern and Contemporary periods—as well as the art of non-Western cultures - Asia, India, the Far East, Africa and the Americas. 

Facilities
The Art History facilities have 3,754 square feet of space.  This includes two lecture halls with auditorium seating. The principal class room, equipped with up-to-date dual digital projectors, serves an average of 25 students.  In addition, a seminar-style room is available for more (discussion oriented) classes. 

Art History Faculty
Dr. Peggy Schrock is Professor of Art History.  She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois and an MA in art history from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Zbynek Smetana is Associate Professor of Art History.  He received his Ph.D. and MA in Art History from Rutgers University. 

Contact Information
Peggy Schrock  pschrock@murraystate.edu 

Zbynek Smetana  zsmetana@murraystate.edu

Art History Lecture Halls

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Courses Offered
ART 121  Art and Visual Culture (3).  Surveys the various aspects of the visual and functional arts and their relationship to human life and society.  A variety of art forms from different cultures and historical periods will be studied.  Does not count toward art history minor.  A student cannot have credit for both ART 121 and HON 161. 

ART 211 Ancient and Medieval Art (3). A survey of the history of art from Prehistory through the Middle-Ages.

ART 212 Art from the Renaissance to the Present (3). A survey of the history of art from the Renaissance through the present.

ART 213 Art of Global Cultures (3). A survey of the history of art of non-Western cultures.

ART 415 Greek and Roman Art (3). Topics in the history of the art and architesture of ancient Greece and Rome through the late Antique period. Prerequisite: ART 212 or Permission of instructor.

ART 416 Medieval Art (3). Topics in the history of art from the Early Christian through the Gothic period. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of instructor. (Same as RGS 417)

ART 418 Renaissance Art (3). Topics in the history of the Renaissance. Prerequisite:ART 212 or permission of instructor.

ART 419 Baroque Art (3). Topics in the history of the art of the Baroque period, mainly in Europe. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of instructor.

ART 425 Art of Asia (3).  A history of the art of India, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. Prerequisites: ART 212 or permission of instructor. (Same as RGS 425)

ART 428 Nineteenth Centure Art (3).  History of 19th Century Western art. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of instructor.

ART 429 Art from 1900 to 1960 (3). History of Western art from 1900 to 1960. Prerequisite: ART 212 or permission of instructor.

ART 430 Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present (3).  History of contemporary art from 1960 to the present. Prerequisite: ART 212.

ART 501 Seminar: Special Topics in Art History (3). Changing seminar topics to be determined by the instructor and student intrest. May be repeated up to nine credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 211 and 212, or permission of instructor.

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