Visual ArtArt History

Professor and students studying Pre-Columbian terracotta whistles and a 19th century wooden helmet mask from West Africa.

BA with concentration in Art HistoryLearn from the past, prepare for your future

The Art History concentration is designed to introduce students to the diverse and dynamic history of visual arts emphasizing visual literacy, critical thinking and observational skills through an understanding of the social context, global connections and ideologies that helped to shape the production and reception of art, both past and present.

Studying Art History will prepare students for careers in higher education, editing and publishing, art criticism, art law, museum and gallery curation, art conservation and preservation as well as museum development and fundraising.

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Important Dates

Portfolio Reviews

Check-in for each audition or portfolio review will be at Terry Concert Hall.


Why Study Art History at Jacksonville University?Learn to see history in new and dynamic ways.

Students concentrating in Art History enroll in a series of survey of art courses providing the foundation for upper division electives, which center on and offer advanced study of a particular time or cultural period, geography or theme. Student’s choice of upper division coursework makes the Art History concentration extremely flexible and interdisciplinary, allowing them to create a program of study geared towards their interests and career goals. This includes the potential for internships, independent study and study abroad opportunities.


Laura WinnVisiting Assistant Professor of Art History

While offering coursework that examines a broad scope of geographically and chronologically diverse subjects, Laura’s specialization and research focuses on 18th to 20th century European art and critical theory, emphasizing the intersections in global modern art, gender, race and colonialism. To support her teaching and scholarship she has conducted grant funded object centered and archival research throughout the U.S. Europe and Australia. 

Service outside the classroom includes:

  • Treasurer for the Gainesville, FL, chapter of the American Institute of Archaeology.
  • Annual adjudication for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • Associate Editor for FATE in Review journal for the Foundations in Art Theory and Education organization.

Experiential Learning Art History is more than slideshows.


Visit local historic sites, museums and galleries.

Collage of images of students’ site visit to Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.   

Study abroad.

When studying abroad, the city and museum become the classroom allowing students within a living context to conceptualize and locate the art and architecture traditionally studied through reproductions and slides.

Collage highlighting faculty-led study abroad programs in Paris and Giverny, France, and Rome, Italy.

Get hands on.

Hands-on learning opportunities through the study of objects held in the university permanent collection.

Art history students examining non-western objects from the University’s permanent collection.


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