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

When you study the History of Art, you foster the open mind of a truly global citizen. You develop critical tools for negotiating differences and cross-cultural interactions. And at Wheaton, you learn these skills by doing. Curate and design your own on-campus exhibition. Explore first-hand hundreds of objects in our Permanent Collection. Roll up your sleeves with archival research into Wheaton’s history. Read about even more great reasons to study History of Art with us.  Or follow us @wheaton_history_art.

For questions, please contact Chair, Ellen McBreen.


Student Projects

Related Programs

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; Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Ellen McBreen

Professor and Chair History of Art; Coordinator of Design

Kim Miller

Professor of the History of Art

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