Bowdoin Art History Department in the Visual Arts Center

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Art History


Art History offers courses that examine works of art in their historical, social, religious, and philosophical contexts. Students study not only the formal aesthetic values of these works, but also the ways in which works of art reflect the cultures and the personalities that produced them.

Although most courses take the form of classroom lectures and discussions, the department places a good deal of emphasis on the study of original objects through visits to the Bowdoin Museum of Art - one of the richest collegiate art collections in America - and through field trips to the museums of Boston and other eastern cities.

Art Museum

Art History - Walker Art Building - Bowdoin College

Our students actively use the museum, create exhibitons, and experience hands-on art history

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Student Research

Student Research

Students research a wide range of topics in Art History for both Honors projects and Independent Studies

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Lectures, field trips, museum excursions, visiting artists, student presentations - upcoming and past events

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Bowdoin Art History Alumni

Museum directors, doctors, curators, business anaylysts, professors - see what our alumni are doing

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At a Glance  

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coordinate major Majorminor Minor

Courses offered


  • Department Chair
    Pamela Fletcher
  • Department Coordinator
    Martha Janeway
    telephone (207) 725-3697
    fax (207) 725-3996
  • Mailing Address
    9300 College Station
    Brunswick, ME 04011 
Department News

Background photograph: Visual Arts Center, Edward Larrabee Barnes's famous 1975 response to the McKim-designed Walker Art Building.