• In class with Professor of Art History George Gorse
    In class with Professor of Art History George Gorse
  • students working with conservator
    Students work with conservator in Native American Study Center
  • Art history class with Professor Phyllis Jackson
    Art history class with Professor Phyllis Jackson
  • Art and Activism
    Professor Frances Pohl's Art and Activism class

Art historians examine the history, philosophy and theory of art and become fluent in analyzing art objects from across cultures and time.

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Art History at Pomona College has a long and illustrious past.  The department is housed in Lebus Court, one of the most distinguished buildings on campus, designed by the California architect Myron Hunt and built in 1915. 

Our alumni are professors at many of the major colleges and universities in the United States and directors, curators and art conservators at key museums and galleries.  Other alumni have gone on to careers as lawyers and physicians.

We offer a broad range of courses in collaboration with art historians and affiliated faculty at Scripps and Pitzer colleges.  Topics include:

  • prehistoric and ancient art;
  • architecture and fresco painting in Italy;
  • the history of cities and gardens in Europe, North America and Asia;
  • European modernism
  • the art of Africa and the African diaspora;
  • the history of photography
  • the social history of North American art, including Native American traditions, from the 16th century to the present
  • contemporary global art

Art history is interdisciplinary, allowing students to deal with the imagery of their own and other cultures more effectively and critically and to explore questions concerning historical method and critical theory.

Students have access to numerous museums and galleries throughout southern California through field trips organized by the department.  They also have access to summer internships at many of these museums, as well as summer and academic year internships at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

The art history faculty are active scholars as well as teachers, who introduce students to the most recent and compelling discussions about the discipline and its ability to foster an understanding of the significance of the visual in our contemporary world.