The study of the history of art at UVM usually begins with courses surveying the broad range of visual expressions found in a variety of cultures throughout the world. Students are introduced to numerous methodological approaches — contextual, formal, and iconographic, for example — which enable them to understand the richness and layered meanings of works of art. For those who choose to major in this humanistic discipline, mastery of a foreign language, usually French or German, through the intermediate level and at least two courses in Studio Art provide additional tools useful in responding skillfully to works of art.
Art History Majors
UVM Art History majors have followed a variety of paths upon graduation. Some have continued their studies in Art History at the graduate level and are now teaching at such major universities as Columbia, Duke, and Stanford. Others have assumed professional positions in museums, auction houses, publishing, and related fields. Still others have combined their studies in Art History with postgraduate study in areas such as Law or Library Science and have continued into careers combining these preparations. Some have used the major as a way to sharpen their analytical skills in thinking and creative problem solving and have then gone on to pursue seemingly unrelated careers in fields such as medicine or business. No matter what path they have followed after graduation, most students have commented on the quality of the Art History program at UVM noting how it has enriched their lives and sharpened their visual responses to the world around them.
Art History Symposium
The annual Art History Symposium was inaugurated in the spring 2005. Its purpose is to showcase the high level of research and critical analyses our undergraduates produce each year in our upper-level art history courses. Each year, four papers are selected by the art history faculty to be presented at this event.