The Art History program has been growing rapidly since 2002 and in Fall 2013, a BA degree was offered in Art History (replacing the BA in Art with a concentration in Art History that had been offered). Course offerings have been expanded to include: Ancient Ceramics, Arts of the African Diaspora, Art of Latin America, Egyptian Art, History of Architecture, Islamic Art, Modern Art of Brazil and Mexico, and Museum Studies. Numerous Art History courses address issues of diversity (including questions of identity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability).
A high percentage of non-art majors take Art History courses (around 50% in the survey courses). Art History complements not only studio art majors but also many majors across the campus. A minor in Art History for the Studio Art major is now an option. Present internship opportunities allow students to explore career options and acquire professional experience. Internships have been recently implemented at Highsmith Union Gallery, UNC Asheville; Asheville Art Museum; Flood Gallery and Fine Art Center, Asheville; Biltmore House, Asheville; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem; Special Collections, Ramsey Library; and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
Our emphasis on Senior Undergraduate Research allows students to prepare for graduate school or museum/gallery positions and parallels the Undergraduate Research Program goals. Students are encouraged to apply for research grants and to publish their work.