Students looking at documents in the archives

Art History

Art as a history of human culture.

How does art tell the story of humankind? Through visual and written analysis, deep research, and interdisciplinary studies, you’ll gain an understanding of the global impact art has had on humanity and discover how it has both shaped and responded to individuals and societies throughout time. You’ll develop the creative and critical thinking skills, aesthetic judgment, and historical knowledge needed to pursue advanced studies or enter a career in architecture, arts management, education, law, museums and galleries, and more.

The art history faculty are located in Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH). 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.”
Fredo Rivera '06

Fredo Rivera ’06 Awarded Career Enhancement Fellowship

Fredo Rivera ’06, assistant professor of art history, has received a six-month Career Enhancement Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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.

Department Information


Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH)
1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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