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The Department of Art and Art History invites all students to explore the worlds of creating, interpreting, and exhibiting art, which has always stood near the heart of human culture and inquiry. Our students and faculty pursue creative work and research to illuminate art’s history and future with rigor, nuance, and imagination.
Our disciplines deeply embody Georgetown University’s dedication to creating and communicating knowledge. Art can articulate and interpret ideas about ourselves, communities, histories, beliefs, politics, and environments in ways that are exceptionally direct. Students work with objects, make things, and grapple with forms and ideas across time and geography. Visual literacy and cultural awareness are essential to informed, reflective, and effective engagement in the modern world.
The Department offers a BA in Art (Studio Practice) and in Art History, and a Master of Arts in Art and Museum Studies. Each year we welcome more than 600 students in a great variety of courses, ranging from Animation through Zen Buddhist Art. All of our classes are small enough to allow for intensive instruction and wide-ranging discussion.
Our students and faculty regularly study and work in Washington’s extraordinary museums and galleries, including our own Maria and Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery and Lucille M. and Richard F.X. Spagnuolo Gallery.
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Xin Zheng (C’23), Art History major, awarded the Makeba Clay Diversity Fellowship at The Phillips Collection
October 20th, 2022
Xin Zheng (C’23), senior Art History and History double major, was just awarded the Makeba Clay Diversity Fellowship at The Phillips Collection. Zheng was the single fellow chosen for this…
Now on view – POWER UP: American Women Printmakers
July 12th, 2022
POWER UP: American Women Printmakers
Special Collections GalleryCharles Marvin Fairchild Memorial GalleryJune 17, 2022 – October 7, 2022
Power Up [group of 4 serigraphs], Sister Corita…
BG Muhn Lecture in Tokyo, Friday June 3rd — “Pyongyang Art, Chosonhwa: Is it for Revolution or for Art?”
June 22nd, 2022
On June 3rd, 2022, Professor Muhn presented on the Japanese publication of his book North Korean Art: The Enigmatic World of Chosonhwa (2021), the culmination of an eight-year study of the…
Analyzing Ceramics Sheds Light on Xenophobia, 1300 Years Too Late
June 17th, 2022
Original Georgetown College News post, from June 7th 2022: Analyzing Ceramics Sheds Light on Xenophobia, 1300 Years Too Late.
Sancai ceramics that Zheng analyzed as part of his…