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Curatorial Studies Program

Curatorial Studies Minor



This course is a survey of American architectural traditions, methods and their significance. Combining an examination of the built environment with historical and social contexts it is intended to give a holistic, interpretive approach to the basics of architecture.

Students will explore the fundamental elements of architecture and significant contributions to our urban, suburban, and rural landscapes.

Guest speakers will expand on topics of urban planning, historic preservation and gentrification, and the significant contributions of African American architects in Atlanta and across the country.

Students will explore AUC archives and campus to examine the architectural history of the AUC and surrounding neighborhood.

Meeting Time

SAVC 291 meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. in Giles Hall, one of Spelman College's historic buildings built in 1895.

For more information, contact Chad Dawkins, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, Art History and Curatorial Studies at

About the Course

The Art History Special Topics course addresses emerging issues or specialized content in the field of art history. The course is intended to focus on specific research specializations or concentrations and to offer a variety of topical issues to change with each course offering.

What is the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective?

Housed within the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, the AUC Art Collective trains future art industry leaders at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College with innovative coursework and mentorship in art history and curatorial studies as well as academic scholarships, co-curricular events and funded field study.

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About the Curatorial Studies Minor

The curatorial studies minor introduces students to the contemporary and historic study of the exhibition, display, preservation and interpretation of art objects. Rooted in hands-on, object-based inquiry, students engage the exhibitions and permanent collections of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Spelman College Innovation Lab, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library. 


Dr. Cheryl Finley

Rachel Brown
Program Manager