Courses

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the major developments that shaped architecture, painting, sculpture, and the related arts in Western civilization from prehistoric times through the conclusion of the Gothic era.

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the major developments that shaped architecture, painting, sculpture and the related arts in Western civilization from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

This course deals with the complex art scene following the French Revolution of 1789. Styles examined are neo-classicism, romanticism, realism at mid-century and impressionism at the close. Students learn about major painters and sculptors while developing visual literacy. Videos, slides, lecture-discussion and museum visiting are included.

This course studies the aesthetic and social revolutions of modern art that began in the 19th century but erupted in Fauvism in 1905 Paris. Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism and Surrealism are examined, as well as the art scene in America up to the 1960’s. Videos, slides, lecture-discussion and visits to the Castellani Art Museum are included.

This course surveys the artistic and cultural development of Latin American art prior to Christopher Columbus and into the 20th century. Tours to the Castellani Art Museum and the Albright Knox Art Gallery are included.

The lives and works of modern women artists will be studied both critically and in historical context. Gallery visits, lectures by women artists working today and drawing in the manner of those studied will supplement the course.

This course examines the changing face of contemporary art, using the achievements of the 20th century as a context for future exploration. Emphasis is placed on how art reflects cultural diversity, technological innovation and sociopolitical issues. The course focuses on the collection of 20th century/contemporary art housed at the university’s Castellani Art Museum.

This is a lecture course dealing with the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Renaissance in the 14th to the 16th century.

This course will lead students to respond to the question: What is art? The students will examine many philosophical topics that bear on this question including the nature of beauty (aesthetics), the metaphysical significance of art, the nature of emotional expression, the relationship of art to culture, and art as political expression.

This Special Topics Course explores some of the intersections between the worlds of religion and the visual arts. Students will gain an understanding of foundational concepts in the field such as religious vs. sacred art, aniconic vs. iconic art, high art vs. folk art, as well as iconic statuary and the architecture of sacred space. In conjunction with the exhibit, Icon: The Religious Art of the Castellani Museum, in this course students will take advantage of local resources including the Castellani Museum, NU’s Alumni Chapel and the Buffalo Museum of Religious Art in order to conduct independent research using primary sources.

This course serves as an introduction to the purpose and organization of museums including historical origins, philosophy, and the societal role of museums. Topics will include the acquisition, care, scholarly research, presentation and interpretation of museum objects and an overview of the variety of jobs and responsibilities museum professionals hold.

This introductory course will provide an overview of the role that development plays in the financial health of an organization. Topics will include cultivating and soliciting donors; the annual appeal; grant writing; corporate sponsorships; membership; volunteer coordination; special events; planned giving and capital campaigns; and the roles of development staff, including the CEO.

This class introduces students to the study of folklore (traditional expressive behavior) by focusing on creativity in everyday life. Contemporary traditional arts, ideas, and practices of folk groups in the United States, including ethnic, occupational, regional, and religious groups, will be explored. Topics will include urban legends, fairytales, festivals and folk art.

The role of museums is changing to provide even more meaningful, educational programming for diverse audiences, creating a greater demand for well-trained professionals with skills to plan and implement successful educational programming. This course will examine the various types of learning that take place in museums from theory to practice.

Serving as an interdisciplinary introduction to museum exhibitions, this course examines the theoretical, ethical and methodological issues underpinning the practice, especially those concerning the representation of people. Assignments will include analyzing local museums and contributing to a class-generated exhibit featuring local artists. Students will be required to locate and interview an artist, and visit museums on their own. Access to transportation required.

Museum internships are challenging, educational experiences designed for degree candidates in the art history with museum studies program. Working alongside staff members of the Castellani Art Museum or other area museums in a tutorial arrangement, interns gain valuable skills and training in museum practice in the areas of curatorship, education, exhibition design, development and/or administration.

This course is an independent study of a particular theme or topic in the history of art through readings, research and analysis. It is designed for students who have completed basic courses and who want to study specific topics that are not currently offered in the curriculum as arranged with a supervising faculty member.

Students will conduct research in a specific area of art history or museum studies beyond the scope of material covered in any one course. Designed as an independent research effort, students meet privately with their research advisor and write a senior thesis applying their acquired skills to a central topic, theme or question.