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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!


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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 Degrees @ Elon

Elon University's Department of Art & Art History offers two degrees in studio art: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  

Art A.B. 
Requirements & Courses

B.F.A in Art 
Requirements & Courses

Elon students may also minor in art or in another media area.

Minor in Art
Requirements & Courses
Minor in Digital Art
Requirements & Courses
Minor in Photography
Requirements & Courses

Interested in learning more about degrees in Art History?
>2016-17 Major Requirements & Courses
>2016-17 Minor Requirements & Courses

Art and Art History News

Ringelberg publishes in Woman's Art Journal

The art historian appears in the Fall/Winter 2017 volume with a critique of contemporary art historical Orientalism.

Ringelberg presents at 19th-century French studies colloquium

Art historian Kirstin Ringelberg presented as part of a panel on gender and style in 19th-century French culture at the annual colloquium hosted this year by the University of Virginia.

Ringelberg presents on canonicity, gender and illustration at SECAC conference

Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history, presented at the national SECAC conference in Columbus, Ohio. 

Art historian Ringelberg publishes in international Proust journal

The essay by Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history, reinterprets the "floral empire" of artist/salonnière Madeleine Lemaire as a queer heterotopia.

Ringelberg publishes essay on neoliberal feminism in contemporary art

Kirstin Ringelberg, professor of art history, contributed an essay to volume 40 (July 2017) of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal.

Coming Events

Artist talk and opening reception kick off Art Department exhibitions in spring

Artist Renee Van der Stelt's exhibition opens on Monday, Feb. 5, with the artist speaking about her installation at a 5:30 p.m. reception in Gallery 406 at Arts West. 

"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" film screening

The award-winning film is part of Elon's Black History Month programming and sponsored by Elon Athletics, Elondocs, African and African American Studies and CREDE. Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7 p.m.

Exhibition Opening Reception - March 13

The Art and Art History Department selected work by sculptor Mark Holmes for a spring exhibition in Gallery 406. Holmes will speak at the opening reception on Monday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

LaTanya Autry - April 10

Art History Speaker Series hosts curator of art and civil rights at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Cohan Theatre, Inman Admissions Welcome Center, 6 p.m.