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

For millennia, the artist’s imagination has captured stories, preserved cultures, and even stirred up mystery. When you consider time period and place, you gain a deeper understanding of what’s been created, who created it, and why. That’s what you’ll explore as a history of art major at Wheaton. Boost your visual literacy through object-based learning, visit galleries, interact with guest artists, and study with an expert faculty. Art history majors pursue fields like education, architecture, museums, and art restoration. Add 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, R. Tripp Evans.

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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 + Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Faculty Affairs

Ellen McBreen

Associate Professor of the History of Art

Kim Miller

Jane Oxford Keiter '64 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

Evelyn Ruth Staudinger

Professor of the History of Art


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