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Art History BA - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 10.03 ART HISTORY&APPRECIATION, CIP: 50.0703 Art History, Criticism and Conservation)

Academic Opportunities

Visiting Artists and Speaker Series: The Department of Art regularly hostsartists, critics, historians and designers to participate in the Department of Art Speaker Series, and for classroom lectures and critiques.

Curatorial Opportunities: Students have opportunities to curate exhibitions at numerous art spaces, such as UB Art Galleries and The Project Space in the Center for the Arts.

Buffalo Metropolitan Area: Buffalo’s diverse grassroots and alternative spaces dedicated to new and experimental genres complement institutions such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Toronto, a ninety-minute drive from Buffalo, is the largest metropolitan center in Canada. It has hundreds of alternative spaces and commercial art galleries including the Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Experiential Learning

The focus of art history enables an educational environment that offers hands-on experiences and opportunities for intellectual growth. Students explore the intersection of science, dance, engineering, business, and many other fields with the history of art, and are offered opportunities to develop projects in experimental spaces like Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts as well as work with art collections and artists and curators.

Internships are available at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anderson Art Gallery, Big Orbit, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA), the UB Art Galleries, and Hallwalls. Internships do not fulfill distribution requirements, they may be taken for credit.

With the approval of a faculty sponsor, students may sign up for a 3-credit independent study to pursue an issue or topic emerging from their coursework in art and art history. An independent study may not substitute required courses.

Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad have the opportunity to participate in numerous art-oriented programs around the globe. The Department of Art encourages majors to consider a junior year study abroad program. Such programs afford unique opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures.

The UB Department of Art’s Rumsey Scholarship provides funding for summer travel to one or two art and art history sophomores and juniors in this annual competition based on an exhibition of their work and a written travel proposal.

Extracurricular Activities

The Student Visual Art Organization is a UB Student Association academic club that is open to all undergraduate students. The club actively organizes special exhibitions and events, holds open figure drawing sessions and plans trips to museums and galleries. See the UB Student Association webpage

Honors and Awards

Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship
Outstanding Senior Award

Departmental Honors

  • Art Department Art History Award
  • Frances Morrison Memorial Scholarship
Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:18:51