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Pregnant Magdalene in Northern Art 1430-1550



New book published by Professor Penny Jolly (click here to see more information).





Art history affirms and explains the importance of visual acuity and historical perspective for a critical engagement with images, artifacts, and built environments.  We use objects to understand history and culture, and history and culture to understand objects. Students earning a BA in art history explore the varied roles of objects, creators, audiences, and patrons in diverse cultural contexts around the world and in a range of periods from antiquity to the present.  Art history majors develop skills in analyzing both visual objects and written sources that are applicable to a wide range of personal, civic, and professional endeavors; they may also go on to graduate work in art history and careers in art-related fields.


Caitlin Link, '16, was awarded a Skidmore SEE-Beyond grant to study at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College during summer 2014.

Recently accepted into Pratt's Master's program in Art History, Elana Scaglia, '15, will focus on archival studies.

Find out more about Sara Belasco's, '14, internship in bookbinding at the University of Washington, Seattle, libraries, as profiled on NPR.

Sophia Ladouceur, ’14, won one of two 2014 Skidmore Candace Carlucci Awards, presented to members of the senior class who exhibit boundless energy, contagious enthusiasm, and a capacity to energize all segments of the community.  She is now Membership Coordinator in the Development department at the Brooklyn Museum.

Victoria Manganiello, '12, graduated with a double major in art history and studio art.  Immediately following graduation, she took a job in Sothebys's contemporary art department as the auction sales administrator while maintaining her practice as an artist on the side.  After two years in the auction house, she switched gears and began working as a freelance artist, specializing in textile production while attending NYU in pursuit of a Master's in art education.  She recently began working part time at Parsons New School as adjunct faculty and teaches classes in Textiles and Materiality to BFA students in the fashion school.  She is also a designer for a small Brooklyn based furniture company designing upholstery and rugs. Victoria is lalso ooking forward to exhibiting her artwork in the Spring Break Art Show during Armory week and in a solo show in a Brooklyn Gallery later this spring. 

Emily Weiss, '08, finds success in art insurance, as profiled in the New York Times.

Becky Perry, ’08, who is working on her dissertation at the Bard Graduate Center, was recently hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute as a Senior Research Assistant in the curatorial office.

With a friend, Karen Cantor, ’00, recently opened the Chipped Cup, a coffee house, in Harlem, New York.