The Department of Art & Art History Office is Temporarily Closed for the holiday break. We will be available again on January 4th, 2021.
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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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Kaitlyn Reynolds (C’21) and Eliza Lafferty (C’20) reflect on Professor Ian Bourland’s “Exiles and Diasporas” Class
January 8th, 2021
Students Kaitlyn Reynolds (C’21) and Eliza Lafferty (C’20) reflect on Professor Ian Bourland’s “Exiles and Diasporas” class, from Spring 2020.
Interdisciplinary Humanities Pedagogy: HALC Faculty Fellows Create New Courses to Meet Demand
January 8th, 2021
“The most helpful aspect of the HALC Faculty Fellows program was, for me, the ways in which it pushed me to rethink assessment in the classroom, and the possibilities for a more public-facing pedagogy.”
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery acquires artwork by Georgetown Alum Julia Kwon, C’12
December 1st, 2020
Mask from the “Unapologetically Asian” series, 2020.Mask from the “Unapologetically Asian” series, 2020.Mask from the “Unapologetically Asi…
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.
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