Students looking at documents in the archives

Art History

In art history, students develop a critical understanding of art as a history of human culture that both shapes and responds to people, societies, politics, and identities. The skills art history classes teach through visual and written analysis enhance all students’ abilities in literate communication. We encourage cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies and study abroad. Our majors go on to work in architecture, arts management, community service, development, education, law, and museums and galleries.

The art history faculty are located in Goodnow Hall, second floor. If you need to contact one of the professors, we suggest email; otherwise the office phone is 641-269-4343.

Department News

Art History Welcome Session The department of art history recently offered a virtual welcome session so that potential majors could learn from current students what art history means to them. Take a listen and feel free to follow up with any faculty member.  The password if you need it is “Art_History_20.”
Rendering of ‘Grinnell Crossroads’ designed by Walter Hood

Construction Begins on Gateway Public Art Project in Grinnell

Site work has begun on a small park and public art project at the southeast corner of Highway 146 and Highway 6 commemorating the community’s history.
Tourists on steps in front of huge Buddha carved into a cliff

Global Learning from Grinnell to Dunhuang

A research project in China was just the beginning of this student’s educational journey.
Owen Daley ’20 looking at different pieces in the Print and Drawing study room

Changing Direction

An internship at the Stanley Museum of Art helped one student discover his future by exploring the past.

Department Information


Goodnow Hall Second Floor
1118 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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