2021-2022 Course Catalog

Art Museum Studies Concentration/Minor

The Art Museum Studies minor provides students with the skills, experience, and specific professional knowledge necessary to work in the art museum field. The minor emphasizes practical experience designing and installing exhibitions and planning of programming, and addresses the history and theory of the art museum. It is an appropriate accompaniment to majors in Art History, Arts Management, and Visual Arts, and to double majors in Art History and other disciplines. Integral to coursework are field trips to local museums, museum professionals as adjunct faculty and guest speakers, and the use of the Chatham University Art Gallery and Chatham’s art collections.


+Minor Requirements

5 courses:

ART208 Introduction to Art Museum Studies

This course introduces students to the themes and issues addressed in the Art Museum Studies program, including an overview of the history and function of art museums, their role in society, the interpretation of objects for museum audiences, and other issues central to the museum profession such as censorship and repatriation.

ART368 Museum Education and the Visual Arts

This course traces the development of the American art museum's educational mission from the early nineteenth century to the present. A range of programming types, including docent touring, computer-based learning, museum-school partnerships, and hands-on experiences are observed and analyzed. Students will also design programs for exhibitions in the Chatham University Art Gallery.

ART372 Curating African Art and Artifacts

This course explores the rich diversity of art across sub-Sahara Africa from the Paleolithic era to today. It focuses on cultures from West Africa, Central Africa, and East Africa to complement the holdings of the College's outstanding Olkes Collection of African Art, which includes more than 600 objects. Class lecture, discussion, and student projects utilize works from the collection, including masks, wood sculpture, beadwork, and metalwork.

ART378 Curating the Visual Arts

This course explores the roles and duties of the art museum curator. Topics addressed include collection care and management, exhibition planning and design, object handling, and exhibition critiques. Curators from local museums will serve as guest speakers. Students will collaboratively curate at least one exhibition.

INTART303 Internship - Art

Internship - Art