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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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GU Art Galleries Featured in Georgetown’s Alumni Magazine
June 29th, 2020
In Georgetown Magazine’s spring 2020 edition, see how the GU Art Galleries provide opportunities for “tying content to teaching and to issues that are important to the Georgetown community.” Highlights in the feature include previous exhibitions, as well as the range of subjects and communities the Galleries reach.
Professor Michelle Wang writes article for Hyperallergic: “The CDC’s Misappropriation of a Chinese Textile, and Why It Matters”
May 26th, 2020
The CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal featured a Chinese textile on the cover of its May 2020 issue and stated that the animals depicted in …
2020 Senior Art Majors Virtual Exhibition
May 20th, 2020
The Georgetown Department of Art and Art History is honored and delighted to present the 2020 Senior Art Majors Exhibition. The show of work…
The 28th Misty Dailey Awards Ceremony
May 6th, 2020
On Thursday, April 23rd, we celebrated our student’s hard work at the 28th annual Misty Dailey Awards. The Art and Art History Department, to…