Using an interdisciplinary approach, students are encouraged to examine a broad range of visual, cultural, and critical studies.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: BA major; Any degree, minor
Courses in art history at Mount Allison range from an introduction to world art to more focused examinations of specific time periods, movements, and issues surrounding the visual arts.
You will be able to explore:
- Canadian art
- museum studies
- contemporary art
- women in art
- specialist courses in 19th and 20th century art
Upper year advanced seminars offer you the opportunity to take a more focused and critical approach to topics like:
- photography and film
- art theory and criticism
- museum studies
- modernism and postmodernism
- feminism and gender issues
- art and the archive
If you choose to major in art history, you will be encouraged to do a special topics paper on a specific area of interest as part of your degree.
Find a list of about art history courses in the academic calendar – art history.
Popular career paths for art history graduates include:
- museum or gallery curator
- art historian
- visual artist
- arts administrator
- museum art director
- art dealer/appraiser
- art therapist
- exhibition designer
- tourism/cultural industry administrator
"Majoring in art history at Mount Allison provided me not only with a solid knowledge in the conventional history of art, but also in modern practices of museum and curatorial studies. The art history program is very small — I only know one other student majoring in it in my year — however, being able to learn these modern practices in the actual art world within such a small program is very rare and I appreciate the fact that the art history program is diverse in its curriculum."
Runa Nishiyama (’19)
Art history and classical studies, minor in museum and curatorial studies
“The art history program is arguably one of the smallest programs on
campus, but this means that
those who do choose this program can monopolize the various
opportunities, such as teacher’s assistant positions, that arise within
the program. Despite the small number of art history majors, there
are many students who choose to minor in art history because of how well
this discipline compliments other programs. It is this versatility that
makes the art history program so unique; its subject matter can be
applied to a variety of other programs including, but not limited to,
English, anthropology, history, and classics.”
Leanne Gaudet ('13)
Double major art history and history
Owens Art Gallery
Opened to the public in 1895, Mount Allison’s Owens Art Gallery is the oldest university art gallery in Canada and is an invaluable resource to art history students. The gallery’s collection contains 3,200 works of art, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and multi-media work by established Canadian and international artists. One of the featured permanent exhibitions is devoted to the work of renowned Canadian artist – and Fine Arts alumnus – Alex Colville ('42). Changing exhibitions highlight contemporary and historical art by regional, national and international artists. The gallery also presents a variety of artists' talks, workshops, and special events throughout the year.
Several other art galleries are also located in the community, including Colville House on the Mount Allison campus, the Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, START — Mount Allison’s student-run art gallery, and the Fog Forest Gallery.
Fine Art Conservation Lab
The Fine Art Conservation Lab at Mount Allison is a significant resource within the Owens Art Gallery – it provides facilities and equipment for the documentation, preservation and treatment of artwork from the Gallery's collection and offers important mentoring opportunities for Mount Allison students who wish to work with the gallery's Fine Art Conservator. This is the only paintings conservation lab in New Brunswick.
Student employment opportunities
At the Owens Art Gallery students work at the front desk, assist with family programing and undertake placements in the Fine Art Conservation Lab.
Professor, Fine Arts
Independent curator in historical and contemporary art, art historian, and poet