BA in Art History

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Our program is committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture. 

Students will acquire the necessary expertise and knowledge to understand the visual world that envelops them by examining everything from traditional media such as painting to architecture to digital media. Elements of the fabric of visual culture such as taste and patronage, myth and narrative, gender and race, and intercultural relations are pursued through a global approach to art history. 

Faculty members use a diverse range of methodological approaches to help students attain the necessary tools and knowledge to understand our visual world.

Courses are offered from ancient to contemporary art history, with specific attention to social history, gender, sexuality and race, post-colonialism, the context of history and politics, and myth and narrative.

Academic Opportunities

  • Visiting Artists and Speaker Series: The Department of Art regularly invites artists, critics, historians and designers to participate in the Department of Art Speaker Series, the Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series, 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 Ontario Gallery of Art.
  • 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.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Art Departmental scholarships up to $2,000 are available to currently enrolled art majors.

One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required. 

Contact the Honors College to request an application.

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Reinhard Reitzenstein

B25 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0551

Undergraduate Director
Sculpture Program Head
Associate Professor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences