History of Art
Offered by the Visual Art and History of Art department.

Artists tell stories, ask questions, and imagine new possibilities. They create new media and technologies to express their ideas. They imagine innovative design solutions. They advocate for social and political change.  When you study the History of Art, you gain a deeper understanding of what’s been created, who created it, and why. You are also exposed to the ideas and histories of other cultures, helping you develop critical skills to be a global citizen.

At Wheaton, you can immerse yourself in object-based learning, curate and design your own on-campus exhibition, interact with guest artists, scholars, and designers, and study with expert faculty. You can engage with your community while tackling relevant questions about representational justice. Our students pursue careers in education, design, media, architecture, museums, non-profit service, and art restoration. Select an Area of Inquiry, such as social change or African diaspora, to further your knowledge or support graduate school ambitions.

For any questions regarding History of Art, please contact the History of Art Chair, Ellen McBreen.

To learn more about the work our students do, check out our ARTHive Revue, or follow us @wheaton_history_art.


Related Programs

Student Projects

Students try out the 19th-century technology of stereograph viewing in Professor McBreen’s Introduction to Photography course



100% of History of Art majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of History of Art majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Assistant, Frisch Architects
  • Adult Programs Educator, Brooklyn Museum
  • Art Framer, Wall Street Gallery
  • Artist/Installation Assistant, Elizabeth Keithline
  • Community Arts Initiatives Liaison, Museum of Fine Arts

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston Architectural College
  • Merrimack College
  • Northwestern University
  • Sothebys Institute of Art
  • University of Warwick

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 78% for the classes of 2014-2018


R. Tripp Evans

Professor of the History of Art

Touba Ghadessi

Professor of the History of Art + Interim Provost

Ellen McBreen

Professor and Chair History of Art

Kim Miller

Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and History of Art; Peace & Social Justice Studies Coordinator

Leah Niederstadt

Associate Professor of Museum Studies, History of Art; Curator of the Permanent Collection; Chair, Department of Anthropology

Evelyn Ruth Staudinger

Professor of the History of Art, Emerita

Our Staff

Vicki Toppses
Faculty Assistant

Jessica F. Kuszaj
Associate Director, Arts Events & Publicity
Associate Director, Visiting Artist Program and Arts in the City, 508-286-3644

Lauren Pendergast
Assistant, Arts Events & Publicity, 508-286-5412