Artwork by Kendel Cinnamon.  Photo provided by artist.

Experience art

“At so many schools, art is framed in the academy and solidified in the critique. At Elon, there is a holistic approach that combines technical advancement with critical ideas that produces a student who is not only a craftsperson, but an intellectual artist as well.”   

Justin Goodall ’05


Discover art history

"It takes a very dedicated person to choose to study art history at Elon and students leave with not only a strong understanding of the history of art, but also know how to synthesize what we've learned into something a lot more complex than in other programs that involve at lot of slide memorization.”     

Olivia Feldman '12
Art History
International Studies


Why should you major in Art History at Elon?

Listen to alumna Nichole Rawlings, who can't say enough great things about Art History at Elon!


Artwork by Addrianne Hanson.  Photo provided by artist.

Make art

"My love for Art At Elon goes far beyond access to necessary supplies - the faculty in the Art program are incredibly talented and caring individuals who share a common goal of fostering artistic and academic growth in all of their students."

Adrianne Hanson ‘14


Become an Artist

"Elon is a big, big reason for why I am so successful. No other school offers so many opportunities and so much personal support."

Natalie Butler '13


Art and Art History @ Elon University

Elon University’s Art and Art History Department is committed to scholarly pursuit and creative expression. Our students and faculty thrive in the rich intellectual community of our Studio Art and Art History programs. Both programs share in the mission of the broader university, with its dynamic and challenging undergraduate curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and integrated learning across the disciplines. Together, we set out to understand art in its many contexts and share the passion to advance critical viewing, thinking, and communication skills in our students.

Art and Art History News

Tournées French Film Festival opens at Elon

On Sunday, Feb., Elon hosted students, faculty and staff from Elon and the community for the opening of the Tournées French Film Festival: Join the Résistance!


DiRosa's video work featured in 'Utopia/Dystopia' exhibition at Washington State University

The piece by Samantha DiRosa, associate professor of art and environmental science, titled 'Latitude' is included in the themed exhibition 'Utopia/Dystopia' which opens Thursday, Feb. 2.

Art history instructor publishes article in the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

Khristin Landry-Montes, visiting instructor of art history, has published an article with Jeff Kowalski, professor emeritus of art history at Northern Illinois University, in the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. 

Art history professor presents at French studies conference hosted by Brown University

Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history, presented a paper Oct. 29, 2016, at the 19th century French Studies Conference hosted by Brown University. 

Elon art history professor presents paper on the material world of the Early Middle Ages

Evan A. Gatti, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Elon Core Curriculum, presented "Frescoes in Fragments: What material loss allows us to see" at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Coming Events

Sewing Rebellion - Feb. 21

Emancipate yourself from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make your own garments and accessories!

Tournées Francophone Film Festival - March 5 

The fifth and final screening of the 2017 Tournées Francophone Film Festival is "Parce que j'étais peintre (Because I was a painter)," shown at 7 p.m. in Global Commons Media Room 103

Jeanine Hill, artist talk and opening reception - March 6

The Department of Art and Art History opens a temporary exhibition of sculpture with artist Jeanine Hill in attendance at 5:30 p.m. in Gallery 406 at Arts West. Exhibition continues through April 20. 

'The Connection Between Art and Politics' - March 9

The Liberal Arts Forum invites Molly Crabapple to discuss the twists and turns of her recent political engagement as a visual artist. Lecture in LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center at 7:30 p.m. 

'The Liberators' film screening - March 28

Global Neighborhood Film Series continues today with a film screening in the Global Commons Media Room at 7 p.m.