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

For any questions regarding History of Art, please contact the History of Art Chair, R. Tripp Evans.

The History of Art program at Wheaton examines the artistic traditions of a wide range of periods and places. While our curriculum is particularly strong in the history of architecture, printmaking, painting, and sculpture, it also encompasses the history of photography, decorative arts, and museum studies. To develop and sharpen students’ visual literacy we emphasize close, object-based study in Wheaton’s Permanent Collection and Gebbie Archives & Special Collections and in museum collections in Boston, Providence, and New York.

Our program’s emphasis on critical thinking and its strong commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry prepares students for a variety of professions, including architecture, museum and gallery work, conservation/preservation, graduate work in the history of art and architecture, as well as teaching, law, medicine and business.

The Major in History of Art offers the students the opportunity to discover many intellectual interests and to specialize in certain Areas of Inquiry if they wish to do so.

The History of Art Major consists of at least 11 courses detailed in the Course Catalog.

The History of Art Minor consists of at least 5 courses detailed in the Course Catalog.

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Student Work/Research



R. Tripp Evans

Professor of the History of Art

Touba Ghadessi

Associate 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; Women's & Gender Studies Program Coordinator; 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


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