Hiram College

Art History

Traditional Undergraduate

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Art History is a perfect discipline for those with broad ranging interests in the liberal arts. While cultural artifacts of the past (architecture, sculpture, paintings, drawing, print arts, ceramics, urban planning, etc) are the primary focus of study, understanding the importance and meaning of these artifacts can lead students into many rich avenues of investigation.

Art History at Hiram College

The study of past and present artistic production–its practitioners, methods, materials, patronage, purposes, and meanings within the culture that gave rise to it–constitutes the discipline of art history. Because art history is deeply enmeshed in the liberal arts, students are prepared to be critical observers and independent thinkers, creative and scholarly writers and speakers, acutely sensitive to aesthetic principles and to diverse cultural viewpoints, and gifted with a lifelong curiosity about the world in which we live.

Hiram College’s art history program is very diverse in its offerings. Students can study the art of ancient times in Asia and the Euro-American west, as well as of their own time and place, and all of the centuries in-between. Students have the enormous advantage of investigating some of the greatest museum holdings in North America very close at home–at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Spaces, the Akron Art Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Within an hour drive one may engage with one of the sterling Asian and Western Baroque art collections in America, a hidden gem filled with past American art, and the works of leading artists of our time, among many other first-rate works. And only a short distance further are rich collections in Pittsburgh, Toledo, Detroit, Buffalo and Columbus Museums as well.



Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to incoming students to study art at Hiram College. Please contact Admission for more information at 330.569.5169 or email admission@hiram.edu.


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Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History
Chair of the Art Department
Director Peace Corps Prep Program

Lisa Bixenstine Safford is a full professor of art history, and art department chair at Hiram College where she also recently served as Chair of the Faculty.

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