Art History

Major, Minor

Explore cultures, geographic areas and time periods as you learn about the visual arts in their historical and theoretical contexts.

The major in art history features a global perspective with offerings in both Western and non-Western art. While studying art history, students explore the meaning and functions of the visual arts as created within specific historical, social, political, philosophical and religious contexts. Students also learn to look critically at a work, considering issues such as the character and evolution of form and style, iconography, and underlying ideologies and concepts. Students become familiar with methods of art analysis and the vocabulary needed to discuss and describe works.

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Fern and log painting

Artist Nancy Helmsworth displays a series of paintings — much of it inspired by walks through Forest Park during the COVID-19 lock-down of Spring 2020 — in a virtual exhibit Within the Forest: Nurse Logs presented by Pacific University’s Katherine Cawein Gallery of Art.

Ceramics students begin fundraiser for youth homeless charity.

Pacific University ceramics students have created a fundraiser to support a local charity, HomePlate Youth. Please consider supporting this event by Nov. 17.

Hugh Alexander '79 brings art to the Cawein Gallery

Hugh Alexander '79 has been illustrating for more than 24 years, and is delighted to be bringing his art to Cawein Gallery until November 30.