Art History

Visual Arts

Visual art is an area of the fine arts that appeals primarily to the visual sense and typically exists in permanent form. Essentially, it is any art that you can see, such as: graphic design, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film and different arts and crafts, including ceramics and textile art. This discipline also includes the use of “new media” (or multi media), which generally applies to art that is created with a use of a technology, especially a computer.

Art History Overview

Spelman College offers the required courses for majors in art history through the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. Though Morehouse students will complete the majority of their coursework at Spelman, they are advised by the visual arts program director at Morehouse. Students majoring in Art History are eligible for scholarships and paid summer internships. 


The goal of the department is to serve students by providing technical, historical, and philosophical instruction in the visual arts. Our program supports Morehouse’s liberal arts tradition. It promotes excellence in the arts through a broad-based curricular framework rooted in the theory and practice of art as it relates to visual language systems and the principals of design. The Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective seeks to shape the future of art history and position the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African American professionals in the fields of art history and curatorial studies.


Through the curriculum in art history, students will:

Art History
  • Demonstrate knowledge of works of art and architecture produced in different cultures and at different times (historical and contemporary), including major artists, scholars and curators.
  • Demonstrate informed and critical reading, writing and speaking skills that emphasize critical looking. They will be able to analyze the visual and physical qualities of images, objects and buildings.
  • Demonstrate expertise in self-directed research and ability to articulate a range of methodologies and theories/debates across the discipline.
  • Formulate interdisciplinary questions about the roles of art, the built, and the virtual environment based on experiences in cross-departmental courses.
  • Apply an understanding of the broader contexts of art and architecture through museum and site study experience(s) of exhibitions and collections on AUC campuses and in Atlanta area cultural institutions and beyond.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual and historical grasp of contemporary issues in the intersecting worlds of art, science, technology, and new media.