MINOR

What You’ll Study

Our art history minor is designed to compliment and add breadth and perspective to majors in other disciplines.

While studying art history, you’ll strive to understand images and objects in historical context. As you examine a piece of art or craft, you will ask: Who created it and why in this way? What purpose did it serve? How was it produced? By seeking answers to questions like these, you will be lead down paths exploring issues of race, class, gender, and nationality; problems of patronage and taste; and questions of exchange, reception, conservation, and restoration. Your study will cover a wide variety of regions, cultures, and time periods.

Our minor will give you a broad cultural background in art, which opens new dimensions in disciplines like history, anthropology, or sociology by providing a wealth of additional information while sharpening your critical and aesthetic sensibilities.

Explore Classes in This Program

ART 145

Art History I: Ancient Through Medieval

This art history course is a survey of Western and some non-Western art from prehistory through the medieval era. You’ll develop visual literacy and study works of art in the context of the cultural influences through which they evolved. Explore art history as a process of doing through discussions, writings, presentations, and museum visits.

PHI 251

Philosophy of Art

Why is art important? Can art be evaluated objectively? What counts as art? Philosophy of Art offers an analysis and philosophical evaluation of problems in art appreciation, art criticism, and theories of art. Special emphasis is placed on understanding art in the context of concurrent artistic endeavor or experience.

ART 219

The Language of Photography

Explore the language of photography and its evolving role as a creative image-making tool. A studio portion of the course is based on the production and evaluation of photographs produced in response to assignments. Seminars involve a series of topical readings and visual presentations that examine the interface of art and technology, contemporary artistic practice, aesthetics, and the social meaning of pictures.

Meet Our Faculty

The art history practicum course is one of my favorites. Based on an exhibition I have curated either for Holden Art Gallery or a local museum, my students develop tours and programs for their peers at Warren Wilson and for community groups, making this course the perfect blend of academics, work, and service.

Julie Levin Caro, Ph.D.
Julie Caro
Julie Levin Caro, Ph.D.
Lara Nguyen

Our Art Department is known for its strong foundation courses, variety of concentrations within the major, flexibility to explore the many classes we offer, commitment to community engagement and professional development.

Lara Nguyen, M.F.A
Lara Nguyen
Lara Nguyen, M.F.A
James Darr

Teaching at Warren Wilson College has given me the opportunity to see first hand what a unique educational atmosphere the campus, people and students involved have to offer. This community has an abundance of cross-disciplinary resources that support and enhance the educational experience.

James Darr, MFA
James Darr
James Darr, MFA
Eric Baden

Two notes about the art department at Warren Wilson College: the work of our graduating seniors never looks like their instructors’; some of our best students are not art majors. You know we’re doing it right!

Eric Baden, M.F.A
Eric Baden
Eric Baden, M.F.A
Leah Leitson

I particularly love teaching at Warren Wilson with its unique blend of rigor, respect and encouragement and our students who value their opportunity to be a part of our community.

Leah Leitson, M.F.A
Leah Leitson
Leah Leitson, M.F.A
Bette Bates

I am energized by my students’ exploration of the visual language and their search for meaningful form. It's exciting to witness a growing confidence and trust in their own perception as they develop their art. Their searching challenges my assumptions and helps me see things in a new light. I admire the commitment to art as well as social justice and environmental issues that so many students here express.

Bette Bates, M.F.A
Bette Bates
Bette Bates, M.F.A
Julie Caro