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!


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, Art History. Each discipline studies art, art history or the interdisciplinary arts with its own focus, yet shares the passion to advance critical viewing, thinking, and communicating skills in our students. Together, we set out to understand art in its many contexts. Our 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.

Art and Art History News

For art history alumni, a celebratory homecoming

A weekend symposium offered alumni an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater while sharing their current work as Elon University marked the 10th anniversary of its art history program.

Elon professor publishes book on virtues and vices

Associate Professor Shawn Tucker in the Department of Art and Art History had an anthology of source documents on the virtues and vices in the arts published by Cascade Press.

Ann Pegelow Kaplan publishes on VASA, media arts website

Kaplan's photographs included on VASA, the media arts website produced out of Vienna, Austria.

Grant funds research into 'flipped' classrooms

Seven Elon professors are part of a larger effort funded by the Teagle Foundation to study new classroom approaches to the humanities with an emphasis on engaged learning.

Ken Hassell Conducts Research In South Asian London Community

Recently retired Professor of Art Ken Hassell just returned from conducting three weeks of research in the South Asian diaspora of Southall in West London.

Coming Events

Department of Art & Art History to host [RE]Gen New Media Festival

The festival on April 28, 2015, will feature the creative work of students in ART 362/462: Video Art and Animation, alongside submissions selected from a national and international call for artwork.

BA and BFA Thesis Exhibition - May 1