Art History

Art History

Art History will Challenge Your Creative Side & Inspire You

You’ll want to spend more than a night at the museum (or gallery) once you enroll in art history at Canisius. The program capitalizes on Buffalo’s vibrant art scene to provide you with a rich education in modern art, architecture, photography and film.

Leave your textbooks in class and go explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex (the finest example of his Prairie Style) and Graycliff (his most important summer estate), or visit the Roycroft Inn and Campus – birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Study such iconic pieces by Pollock, Gorky and de Kooning at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which is also home to the largest-ever commissioned Sol LeWitt scribble drawing. Or head down to Allentown – one of the ‘artsy-est’ of Buffalo’s neighborhoods, where smaller, artist-run galleries exhibit new works each Friday. And Buffalo can’t be beat when it comes to its showcase of great American architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

When you graduate, you’ll understand the relationship between function, form and content in the arts, and better understand how to decipher and interpret a broad range of artistic styles within a cultural, historical and global context.

Why Study Art History at Canisius

  • The Canisius art history program includes a wide range of courses in the history of art from antiquity to the present gives you a great foundation to work with. And foundations are the most important part of art.
  • The internship component will place you at renowned galleries such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Castellani Art Museum and Burchfield-Penny Art Center to give you the best experience in a museum setting.
  • While not required, many of our art history majors study abroad. The London program begins with a week-long seminar which includes guided tours of major museums. Experiences in France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Belgium will also give you a first-hand experience with the best art in the world.
  • You’ll have access to some of the most important architecture in modern times. Art students from all over the United States and Canada come to Buffalo to study the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, EB Green, Eero Saarinen, Louis Sullivan, HH Richardson….we could go on, but we’ll let the New York Times tell the story for us.
  • Buffalo was recently ranked a top visual and performing arts destination by American Style magazine, just behind New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. Inspiration will be all around you in a small, big city.

Want more information?

Call 1-800-843-1517 to talk to an admissions counselor