- <a href="/live/image/gid/665/width/650/87152_Art_history_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image87152"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/665/width/500/height/479/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/665/width/500/height/479/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/665/width/500/height/479/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell was awarded the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award in 2019. " width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/665/width/720/height/690/crop/1/87152_Art_history_main_image.rev.1613003330.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell was awarded the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award in 2019. </div>
We provide an exciting learning environment in which to study art in historical and theoretical contexts. You will also have direct ties to experiential learning in Portland, the third most creative city in America!
Why Choose a Degree in Art History?
We are committed to helping you achieve the visual literacy that is increasingly essential to negotiating the world today. You will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school; for careers in galleries, museums, or arts administration; and for a life enriched by the visual arts. Our students graduate with an art history degree, plus the ability to think creatively and critically through the way they analyze and discuss past and contemporary art.
What You’ll Study
The department offers two majors (studio art and art history) and one minor (art and art history). Our art history program exposes students to a wide variety of art from around the globe and throughout human history. Faculty offer rigorous introductions, advanced courses in specific periods in art history, and thematic seminars that consider art in the context of ideas rather than simply by chronological order.
Many of our students study art history and earn course credit while on an overseas or off-campus program. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, there are programs designed and led by art faculty to England and New York City.
Outside the classroom, many of our students have been awarded numerous arts-related internships in Portland. Our visiting artist lecture series features nationally and internationally recognized artists working in a broad range of disciplines.
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What Can You Do With a Degree in Art History?
Our alumni use their BA in art history to pursue a wide range of careers within academia, nonprofits, arts production and administration, and beyond. While some students pursue a studio practice with their bachelor’s degree, others apply their critical thinking, research and writing skills, creativity, and visual literacy to many areas other than art and art history.
Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.
Art faculty are some of the most engaged working artists in the Pacific Northwest. They are fellowship winners, run nationally recognized arts nonprofits, and have had their work supported through residencies, foundations, and grants. Our art faculty produce events annually, often bringing students on as assistants or collaborators.
As of fall 2022, there are 2,188 degree-seeking students enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.
Invest in Yourself
A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.
Find Your People
The Art Club is an entirely student-run organization that coordinates lots of extracurricular art opportunities including art exhibitions, visiting artists, and the annual Art Week. Our campus also has a few student-run art and creative spaces, like the Platteau and the Coop. Incoming students can take advantage of our Creative PDX New Student Trip, which gives them the opportunity to get to know the Portland arts scene and connect with the vibrant arts programs at L&C, all before classes start.
Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You
Intisar Abioto will be presenting as part of the Art Department annual Visiting Artist Program
Sam Hamilton will be presenting as part of the Art Department annual Visiting Artist Program
Flow: Art and Ecology in a Changing Climate is a two-day symposium at the University of Puget Sound on November 3-4, 2023. The symposium includes an affiliated Kittredge Gallery exhibition, In the Flow: Art, Ecology, and Pedagogy.