Art History

32097_515023906454_65301010_30632449_2359858_nArt history at MBC embraces unique qualities not found at larger universities. These advantages include  personal contact with professors, conducting research with faculty mentors at the undergraduate level, teaching assistantships, and a practice, study, and theory collaboration with the studio art department.  Travel with experts in the field and interesting internship opportunities abound.  Each semester the art department sponsors a trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and other nearby museums.  They learn about using art in the service of humanity and how art can be a tool of communication.  Study abroad opportunities include May Term in Italy and Central America.  Art history students complete the major with a strong portfolio to present to graduate school or to the work force.

Students can pursue a BA with a major in art history. Art history also is available as a minor  and is available through the College for Women and Adult Degree Program in Staunton.

Technical Art History students with guest lecturer Phoebe Dent Weil

Technical Art History students with guest lecturer Phoebe Dent Weil

Angela MAxwell '13 gives a presentation

Andrea Maxwell ’13 gives a presentation



queen elizabeth I

Professor Lends Expertise in Art History Mystery
As an art history scholar, Sara Nair James’ work often takes her to far-flung locales such as Florence and London as she explores the world’s well-known masterpieces. But in an unexpected turn, the MBC professor joined a team that’s investigating the roots of an extremely rare portrait of Queen Elizabeth I discovered relatively close to home. Read more.