Why Study Art History at IU Southeast?

IU Southeast offers a concentration in Art History that provides students with a broad experience of time and place. We include a wide range of upper-level classes in addition to lower-level Western and Native art surveys. The program includes extensive upper-level courses in both World Art and the Western traditions. Our program is unique in the region in that we have classes in both Native American and South Pacific Art, as well as an overseas course in Samoan art and culture.

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Art History at IU Southeast offers courses in World Art as well as the Western traditions. We include a wide range of upper level classes in addition to lower-level Western and Native art surveys. These include Ancient, Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary art, among others. Our program is unique in the region in offering upper level classes in both Native American and South Pacific Art as well as the Art of Women. The Art History classrooms are state-of-the-art, utilizing recently installed digital projection and internet access. We have a strong history of student curated shows in conjunction with specialized seminar courses. Student designed Individualized Majors are also a possibility for advanced students.

Fine Arts Art History Learning Goals:

• The acquisition of knowledge pertaining to history, art, and culture

• The ability to recognize various styles and specific artworks

• The ability to explain the contextual perspectives and contributions linked to art, architecture, and ritual of artists and their cultures or times.

• The identification of differences and commonalities between those cultures introduced in class and our own.

• An increased ability to communicate about art, history, and culture.

• A greater understanding of the critical thinking methods used in Art Historical investigation.

• The acquisition of a specialized body of knowledge as the result of preparing for and writing an individualized research paper



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Art History at IU Southeast provides a diverse range of courses covering both western and non-western traditions. Fine Arts students graduate with a broad knowledge of the visual arts from all parts of the world, giving them an informed awareness of the diversity of human visual expression from both a historical and cultural point of view. The Art History Visual Resource Center contains one of the largest collections of non-western art images in the state. Our Art History faculty members also teach courses in Art Appreciation – one of the most popular courses taught on our campus. Our resident Art History faculty member has traveled extensively to study art historical traditions from as far away as Samoa and other islands of the South Pacific.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fine Arts with Art History Concentration – Students desiring AB.A. in Fine Arts with an art history concentration will initially complete:

  • A101 Ancient and Medieval Art
  • A102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  • A150 Africa, New World and Oceanic Art.  

Students will choose an additional six courses (18 hours). At least one course must be from a Western tradition and one from an Indigenous tradition. In the fall of their senior year students will also take A400 Senior Seminar in Art History, Capstone Course.

Minor in Art History

The minor in Art History is open to all students who have an interest in the history of art regardless of their major. At least 18 credit hours are required, including A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art, A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art, A 458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts, plus a minimum of three other courses above the 200 level. At least one of these additional courses must cover a European, Euro-American, or Euro-Australian topic. At least one must concentrate on the arts of an indigenous people (e.g., Native American, African, South Pacific, or Asian). Art history minors must meet with a Fine Arts departmental advisor for program planning.

Associate of Arts in Art History

See “General Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree.” In addition, students must complete the following courses:

  • A101 Ancient and Medieval Art
  • A102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  • A458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts
  • Upper-level elective, Western topic
  • Upper-level elective, Indigenous topic
  • Upper-level elective, student choice of topic

The IU Southeast Art History classrooms are state-of-the-art, utilizing recently installed digital projection and internet access. The Visual Resource collection houses over 25,000 slide examples of both Western and Nonwestern art and  also includes CD-ROM, Laser Disk, and Video holdings. This facility is fully equipped for digital reproduction and cataloging of images.

Lower Level Required:

A101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr.) A survey of major styles and monuments in art and architecture from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages.

A102 Renaissance through Modern Art (3 cr.) A survey of major artists, styles, and movements in European and American art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present.

A150 Africa, New World, and Oceanic Art (3 cr.) A survey of the arts and cultures of the native peoples of Africa, North and South America, and the South Pacific.  (A458 may be substituted for A150 but both may not be taken for credit.)

Upper Level Courses:

Western Tradition

A315 Ancient Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A study of the architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics of the ancient world.  Emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome.

A322 Romanesque and Gothic Arts (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Survey of the art of the high Middle Ages from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, with an emphasis on architecture and sculpture in England, France, Germany, and Italy.

A343 American Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of American art from colonial times to the present.

A403 Baroque and Rococo Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of the art of both northern and southern Europe during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

A404 Modernism: Art, Politics, and Innovation, 1850 to 1900 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course will examine Western art from the mid- to the end of the nineteenth century. Topics will include Realism and Naturalism, the origins of the avant-garde, the emergence of photography, architecture and design in the age of industry, Impressionism, Post- and Neo-Impressionism, the appeal of the modern and modernity, newly developing modes of abstraction, symbolism, and the origins of the twentieth century artistic avant-gardes.

A405 Art of the Northern Renaissance (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of painting and sculpture outside Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

A406 Art of the Italian Renaissance (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of Italian art beginning with the Proto-Renaissance in the thirteenth century through the High Renaissance of the sixteenth century.

A440 Nineteenth-Century Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Major painters and artistic movements in Western Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century.

Indigenous Traditions

A362 The Art of Japan (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of Japanese art from the before introduction of Buddhism to the twentieth century.

A402 Arts of Native North America (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of the history of North American First Nations peoples' art from archaic to contemporary times.

A451 Art of the South Pacific (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of the arts of Pacific island groups.  Emphasis on the sculptural forms of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.

A452 Art of Pre-Columbian America (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of pre-contact arts of the Americas south of the Rio Grande.

A456 The Art and Culture of Samoa, Western Polynesia P: At least Junior Standing or at least age 21, consent of instructor. The program will take place in the independent Pacific nation of Samoa and will introduce students to Samoan art and culture.  The course work is designed to provide the student with two options: A series of hands-on workshops on the heritage arts of textile creation and decoration led by specialist artists, or the development of an individual research or creative project.  

A458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts: The Art of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Specific topics of particular interest in the ethnographic arts. Topics thematically based. A150 and A458 may not both be taken for credit.

Additional Courses

A439 The Historical Avant-Gardes: Art from 1900 to 1945 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course familiarizes students with the major historical avant-garde art movements from 1900 to 1945. Students will be introduced to Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Suprematism, Constructivism, and Surrealism, among others. Although the course focuses on Europe, the international manifestations of these movements will also be introduced. Each movement will be examined in relation to contemporaneous social, political, and intellectual events.

A457 Experimental Art Since 1945 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course familiarizes students with major art movements in contemporary art since 1940 in Europe and the United States, and globally since 1980, introducing avant-garde art movements and related transnational developments. It presents concepts of modernism and postmodernism, among others.

A490 Topics in Art History (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Individual topics vary.  Will be listed in course schedule. May be repeated with consent of instructor.

A495 Reading and Research in Art History (1-4 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290 and consent of instructor. Individual-directed study of art history topics. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.A400 Senior Seminar in Art History (4 cr.) P: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in art history. Required of art history concentration students.

  

Resident

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Anne E. Guernsey Allen
Professor of Fine Arts
aeallen@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2396
Office Location: KV 200 Q
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Laurel Fredrickson
Assistant Professor of Art History
ljfredri@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2463
Office Location: KV 110
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Adjunct

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Leslie Doyle
Adjunct Instructor Fine Arts & Art History
doylel@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 028 A
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