Art history at an art college is intrinsically different. At KCAI, the art history program reflects a unique approach that combines academic rigor with an understanding of studio practice. Many members of the art history faculty are also art makers. This infuses the program with a deep understanding of media, technique and the dynamics of art making in tandem with the history and theories of art.
As you progress in the major you have opportunities to select from a wide variety of upper level courses, such as “History of Ceramics,” “Constructivism and the Bauhaus,” “History of Photography,” “Spiritual Landscapes,” “High Art and Popular Culture,” “Film Noir,” “Seminar in Postmodernism,” “Survey of Africa, Oceania and Native American Art,” “Models and Muses,” “Japanese Prints” and “American Film of the 1970s,” to name only a few. Dovetailing with the college’s Community Arts and Service Learning certificate program, the art history curriculum includes courses that examine the artist’s role in society.
Dedicated to their teaching, the full-time art history faculty are also active as scholars in their fields — curating, publishing, working with museums and serving on boards of leading professional associations and societies. In the classroom and in professional practice sessions, which junior and senior year students attend as a means of career preparation, art historians talk with students about the symbiotic relationship between studio artists and art historians. Discussion focuses on how the two interact professionally throughout their careers, intersecting in virtually all art venues, including grant-making agencies, critical journals and newspapers, collegiate and university art departments, art galleries and museums and public art programs.