Art History

Woman looking at painting.To prepare for a career in art history, the department helps the student achieve a foundation in historical scholarship, professional contacts, and positions related to her chosen field.

For the Art History Major, the department requires courses in Studio Art with a concentration in Art History within the College's liberal arts curriculum. This Program includes survey courses, independent studies, seminars (incorporating lectures, discussions, and museum visits in small group settings) and internships in galleries, museums, and other professional exhibition spaces.

Senior Show: Reconstructing the Self

Lena Fin and Maria Fiorenza
January 22 to February 14, 2015
Bridge Gallery, Mooney Center second floor

Lost by Maria FiorenzaPhoenix by Lena FinThis exhibition is comprised of female portraits that, through the lens of fantasy, show agency and the face of frustrations, anger and triumphs.

In images in popular culture, there is a pressure for women to convey a level of passivity and submissiveness. By using color, line, texture, and form, we manipulate the mood of the works, reconstructing images into portrayals of the inner self that express these extreme emotions as well as capture empowerment through their bold gestures.

In each body of work, we create feminine characters that are vocal and fully involved in the moment.  Through collage and digital media, we aim to portray an antithesis to the image of the blank-stare model.

(Left: Lost, by Maria Fiorenza. Right: Phoenix, by Lena Fin.)

Required Courses

The Bachelor of Arts Degree requires 90 credits in Liberal Studies and up to 30 credits in Professional Studies.

Included in the 90 credits of Liberal Studies are the following required courses:

  • ARH 100 - Survey of Western Art 3 cr.
  • ARH 494 - Senior Research: Art History 3 cr.

One of the following - 3 Credits:

  • ARH 110 - Survey of Indian-Islamic 3 cr.
  • ARH 120 - Survey of Eastern 3 cr.
  • ARH 130 - Survey of African Art 3 cr.

One of the following - 3 Credits:

  • ARH 370 - Twentieth Century Art in Europe 3 cr.
  • ARH 375 - Art Since 1945 3 cr.

Two of the following - 6 Credits:

  • ARH 490 - Art History Seminar 3 cr.
  • ARH 491 - Theory and Practice of the Avant Garde
  • ARH 492 - Symbolism Then and Now
  • ARH 496 - The Artist Mystique

One of the following - 3 Credits:

  • ART 390 - Junior Seminar 1.5 cr. (1.5 cr. each semester) and
  • ART 391 - Junior Seminar II 1.5 cr. (1.5 cr. each semester)


  • ART 490 - Senior Seminar 1.5 cr. (1.5 cr. each semester) and
  • ART 491 - Senior Seminar II 1.5 cr. (1.5 cr. each semester)

Note: Art History majors must pass all seminars with a minimum grade of a C-.

Electives - 15 Credits

The major in Art History requires an additional 15 credits in Art History electives.

Professional Studio (Art Foundations) - 9 Credits

Art History majors are required to have 9 credits in studio electives including:

  • ART 103Z - Design Foundations I 3 cr.
  • One course in a two-dimensional medium 3 cr.
  • One course in a three-dimensional medium 3 cr.

Note: It is recommended that an Art History major also take ART 105Z - Design Foundations III or ART 370Z - Computer Graphics I. The Art History major has the option to take additional electives in Freshman and Sophomore Art Colloquium (ART 190 and ART 191 as well as ART 290 and ART 291).

A candidate for the B.A. degree in Art History takes ARH 494 - Senior Research: Art History in her senior year and writes an in-depth research paper as a requirement for the degree. All Art History majors are required to participate in a three-credit internship experience.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Art Scholarships

Students intending to major in art (studio art, art therapy, art education or art history) are invited to submit a portfolio of 14 to 20 pieces for review by the Art Department faculty. Portfolios should be appropriately mounted and protected — no glass or frames. Three-dimensional work is best represented in slides or digital images.

Scholarships of up to $4,000 may be awarded on a rolling basis, and are renewable.

The Art Department at The College of New Rochelle offers a wide-ranging program and activities calendar.

Trips to New York galleries and museums are scheduled regularly, as well as trips to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival. Trips take place as departmental events as well as in individual classes.

Extra-curricular opportunities augment CNR's on- and off-campus creative opportunities. Students may participate in Phoenix, an annual literary and graphic magazine; Tatler, the campus newspaper; and Annales, the College yearbook.

The Art Department sponsors a Visiting Artist lecture series. Artists have included Yoko Inoue, Willie Cole, Shazia Sikander, Alison Saar, Jane Hammond, Lynn Yamamoto, Joe Amrhein, Rina Banerjee, and Julie Heffernan. After the lecture, a reception gives students an opportunity to speak further with the artists.

For more information and photos about events, follow the Art Department on Facebook.

Recent internship sites:

  • Location 1, New York City
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York City
  • The Rye Arts Center, Rye
  • Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn,
  • PS 122 Gallery, New York City
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City
  • The Guggenheim Museum, New York City
  • The Studio Museum, New York City
  • Wave Hill, New York City