Art History

About Art History

Art is all around us, not just in museums or galleries, and through classes in art history students sharpen their perception of visual images in a world where ideas and information are increasingly communicated through visual media.
Art is often regarded as concrete evidence of the human desire to communicate. In Art History we investigate this evidence, from building to bowl, cave painting to contemporary performance art, with a concern for form, meaning and cultural context.

The Winthrop University Art History degree includes courses covering the arts of the world, from Africa to Europe, and Asia to the Americas. An undergraduate student can major or minor in art history and any student interested in music, literature, psychology, anthropology, politics and many other areas will find a complement to these subjects in art history.

Lunder Alumni

Im Chan, 2002

Paper Conservator, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Chumah Alumni

Laura Ferguson Chumah, 2010

Gallery Manager, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Thomas Alumni

Tessa Thomas, 2007

Paper Conservation, Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Samuel H. Kress fellowship

Hunt Alumni

Courtney Hunt, 2008

Chattanooga Public Library & Adjunct Art History Lecturer at Cleveland State Community College, Chattanooga, TN

Chapman Alumni

Amy Chapman Crane, 2008

Amy's Art Appraising, Art History Lecturer at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, SC

Mollo Alumni

Sarah Mollo, 2013

Cultural & Heritage Museum of  York County, SC

Alon Alumni

Aileen Alon, 2008

(orange dress) Arts & Cultural Initiatives Coordinator at the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation

Art History Activities

Careers of Winthrop's Art History Alumni

Advanced Degrees Pursued by Art History Alumni



Study Abroad in Art History 

Due to the prescriptive and evolving nature of the various degree programs within the Department of Fine Arts, the Department Chair and Art History faculty have identified the fifth or sixth semester junior year (in addition to multiple summer study options) is generally the best semester to study abroad.  Through a combination of language, art history, studio, humanities and conservation and arts administrative courses at the abroad institution and Winthrop distance learning, students are able to study abroad without delaying graduation.  It is imperative however, that students work with their art history advisor, or the department chair, prior to selecting a study abroad institution and planned course of study abroad to insure transfer and major credit.


Kyle G. Sweeney
Assistant Professor
102 McLaurin Hall

Alice Burmeister 
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art History
247 McLaurin Hall 

Karen Stock
104 McLaurin Hall