Art and Art History
Major Requirements | Minor Requirements
Visualize Your Creative Expression at Spelman
Visual art is the creative expression of ideas, personal identity, and culture that enriches the world in which we live. Art builds community, offers new perspectives, and provides unique insight to diverse traditions, philosophy and history.
The department of art and art history has a rich history, boasting iconic faculty such as Hale Woodruff and Nancy Prophet. Since the 1930s, the department has cultivated some of the world’s most talented Black artists, including Varnette Honeywood and MoCADA founder Laurie Angela Cumbo. More recently, it has educated contemporary leaders throughout the art field including artists, museum directors, curators, historians, community activists and graphic designers.
Learn Art From a Renowned Faculty
The Spelman department of art and art history provides students with a dynamic and unique academic experience. This is achieved through the mastery of technical skills and coursework that incorporates the historical contribution of women and African-American artists.
Students are also encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach with their artistic practices, which contributes greatly to the liberal arts mission of Spelman College. Esteemed for its distinguished faculty, opportunities to study art abroad, and the strong alumnae presence throughout the country, the department provides an environment that nurtures and promotes artistic development and vision from unique perspectives.
Explore What's in Store for You
The department prepares Spelman and Morehouse students for creative careers or graduate study in the visual arts. Through studio classes in a variety of media and diverse art history courses, the curriculum provides exposure to both theory and practices of the arts profession from various viewpoints.
Within the Atlanta area, students have access to a variety of visual arts experiences. Through ARCHE, opportunities are available for study at other accredited art programs nearby. Museums, galleries, festivals and creative performances dot the landscape of the city and surrounding areas. The urban environment provides many opportunities to network with fellow artists as well as to initiate and participate in community art projects.
Through the Spelman College Summer Art Colony students have had the unique opportunity to spend an uninterrupted period immersed in art in Portobello, Panama. Students are also able to study abroad in cultural hubs around the world including Paris, London and Florence. The Diverge Art Club provides a network of fellow artists and “lovers of art” that encourage possibilities to initiate and participate in community art projects, as well as museum/gallery events.