Art History Major

Art History students develop a strong, fundamental understanding of the history of art.

They take classes in a wide range of fields, including Ancient and Classical to Medieval Art, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Eighteenth-Century to Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Non-Western and Indigenous Art, and the Theory and Practice of Art.

Three studio art classes help to train students’ interpretive skills and offer insight into the technical methods of the artist.

Internships provide students with firsthand experiences as museum educators, art dealers, auction gallery specialists, curators, museum publicists, and many other positions within the field.Faculty members in the Art History department view New York as an extended classroom and, therefore, regularly teach in and through local museums and galleries. 

Art History students are also encouraged to take at least two years of a foreign language and to study abroad, for example, at Reid Hall, Columbia University’s campus in Paris, and at Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. They may enroll in Art 288: Visual Arts Abroad, an experiential Art History course held every January in such cities as Paris, Florence, Rome, Athens, and Venice.

Artfusion News is a magazine devoted to serving as a public voice for students of all majors who are interested in exploring and sharing their ideas on various forms of cultural expression, including art, music, dance, theater, and film.

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/890-gabrielle-a-pilotti-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/253,0,1254,1001/6401_mmc_13-12-12_138.rev.1453902729.jpg" alt="Gabrielle A. Pilotti " title="Gabrielle A. Pilotti " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I believe experiences guide each individual into the right direction. My experience of working at “Parents Magazine” felt as if my dream was coming true because I was not just an extra in the corporation, I was part of a team. I felt like I could see my future: managing photo shoots, interviewing casting calls for future models, and watching all aspects of an editorial business come together to form a successful magazine.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/890-gabrielle-a-pilotti-">Gabrielle A. Pilotti </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/art/photography.php">Photography</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1056-natalia-tuero-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/543,185,1456,1099/6409_mmc_14-03-12_099.rev.1453902732.jpg" alt="Natalia Tuero " title="Natalia Tuero " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> In Fall 2016, I started my second year in the Master’s program in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at The New School for Social Research, where I am also working toward a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. At the same time, I am an Associate Editor at Punctum Books, an independent publishing house that specializes in art and literary titles. I am also a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art at Parsons School of Design. Although I majored in Communication Arts, it was Professor Adrienne Bell’s Survey of Western Art I  that triggered my interest in building a career in the arts. As I led my first group discussion at Parsons, I inevitably thought of my first class with Professor Bell and how my interests, since then, suddenly became very clear to me.  With this TA experience, I hope to get my students (sophomores) as interested in the subject as I was when I took my Art History classes at MMC.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1056-natalia-tuero-">Natalia Tuero </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class 2014, Major in Communication Arts, <a href="/departments/art/minors/art-history.php" target="_blank">Minor in Art History</a> and <a href="/departments/art/minors/photography.php" target="_blank">Photography</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/946-jordan-anderson-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/0,29,370,399/4843_jordan_anderson.rev.1453902254.jpg" alt="Jordan Anderson " title="Jordan Anderson " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “During my time at Marymount Manhattan, I was able to complete four internships. The first was at Free Arts NYC, followed by the Antiquities Department at Christie’s, then the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. The hands-on experiences and the combined support from my Art History professors at Marymount and my internship supervisors gave me a strong base on which to begin my career. I was offered a paid position in the Education Department at the Guggenheim after my internship and am now considering graduate school to further my education in the field.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/946-jordan-anderson-">Jordan Anderson </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/art/art-history.php">Art History</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/942-charles-sainty-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/321_charles1.rev.1453900915.jpg" alt="Charles Sainty " title="Charles Sainty " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I wanted to understand the day to day operations, the way the individuals in the studio facilitate [conceptual artist Matt] Mullican’s practice, as well as how that artistic practice functions as a business. As a young artist beginning my own career, looking at an uncertain future, these questions are of some immediate concern. In all, it was a wonderful experience that has taught me a great deal about my chosen profession, and I hope never to lose the lessons I learned, or the friends I made.” ~Internship with the Matt Mullican Studio</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/942-charles-sainty-">Charles Sainty </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/art/photography.php">Photography</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1320-amanda-clears-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/0,35,426,461/9015_amanda_clears_photo_by_marlaina_lutz_jpg.rev.1453903545.jpg" alt="Amanda Clears " title="Amanda Clears " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating in 2014 with a BA in Comm Arts, and having taken Professor Rachel Brandoff’s Art Therapy class my last semester, I wanted a to pursue a career in the field. After I graduated, I went back to MMC, taking courses in both psychology and studio art in order to attain the pre-requisites for graduate school. With the support of the psychology and art professors this last year and a half has been the most enjoyable educational experience of my life.</p><p> MMC fostered my passion for <a href="/departments/art/minors/art-therapy.php" target="_blank">art therapy</a> and provided me with a road map to a successful future. I will be attending the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development</em></a> at Pratt Institute to begin by studies in fall 2015!</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1320-amanda-clears-">Amanda Clears </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Comm Arts. Post-bacc: Studio Art, <a href="/departments/art/minors/art-therapy.php" target="_blank">Art Therapy minor</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/947-peter-lombardi"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/0,2,513,515/7820_peter_lombardi_profile.rev.1453903162.jpg" alt="Peter Lombardi" title="Peter Lombardi" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in January 2013 with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art Therapy. Since then I have been spending much of my time in the beautiful section of New York called the Bronx, known for hip-hop and street art. </em></p><p><em>I am currently working at the Bronx River Art Center (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">BRAC</a>) in the Teen Project Studio program. The main goal is to introduce design and artistic drafting to the youth. In addition to this I also split up time helping BRAC to put on their art gallery shows every other month at their studio space nearby. I am really thankful everyday for the teachers and students in the Marymount Manhattan Art Department for preparing me to be so comfortable and focused in this type of work environment. </em></p><p><em>Even now as I continue my own personal art career path, I feel more and more confident with the choices I make and how I want to shape my future into a successful and fulfilling one. </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/947-peter-lombardi">Peter Lombardi</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p style="text-align: left;"> Class of 2013, <a href="/departments/art/studio-art.php">Studio Art Major</a>, <a href="/departments/art/minors/art-therapy.php">Art Therapy minor</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1645-alexandra-fowle-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/13123_af_mmc_pic.rev.1462758363.jpg" alt="Alexandra Fowle " title="Alexandra Fowle " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p class="Default"> The faculty at MMC have always supported me, allowing me to shape my education both inside and outside of the classroom. As an undergraduate, I completed three internships, a teaching assistantship, and studied abroad in London, Belgium, and Italy; upon my final semester, Art History Professor Adrienne Bell helped me plan and execute an honors project that aligned with my interests in writing, research, curating, and digital art history.</p><p class="Default">  </p><p class="Default"> The opportunities that MMC has provided helped me prepare for graduate school in art history, which I will begin this fall at Hunter College, and further for my current positions as a senior production assistant and contributing writer at the <em>Brooklyn Rail</em> and gallery intern at Paul Kasmin.  </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1645-alexandra-fowle-">Alexandra Fowle </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Major in <a href="/departments/art/art-history.php">Art History</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/889-amy-pekal-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/src_region/0,2,152,154/322_amypekal_.rev.1453900915.jpg" alt="Amy Pekal " title="Amy Pekal " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “In the fall semester, I was an intern for<strong> </strong><em>On Art</em> with artist and curator Viviane Silvera. <em> On Art</em> specializes in taking collectors to galleries and artists’ studios, where Viviane gives talks on the artist and attendees have the chance to meet and speak with artists and learn about the contemporary art world. As an intern for Viviane Silvera, I took away many professional experiences lessons, and I grew as a person. I’ve learned to become a fast, adaptable learner, to take things as they come and to never doubt myself. I had the extraordinary opportunity to go for 5 days to Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important international art fair in the U.S.  The experience furthered my passion and determination to create a career in the art world.” </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/889-amy-pekal-">Amy Pekal </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/art/art-history.php" target="_blank">Art History,</a> minor in <a href="/departments/art/minors-concentrations.php" target="_blank">Studio Art</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/943-alex-kohun-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/317_alex.rev.1453900914.jpg" alt="Alex Kohun " title="Alex Kohun " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Some days it was overwhelming…at my internship with Cosmo, I learned more than I ever could have imagined. I developed more skills in InDesign and Photoshop. I got very excited when the designers asked me to change or place photos in the layouts, because I got to see my work printed in the magazines. France Salvosa, senior designer, who designs the beauty pages would ask me to go through the beauty stills and find products that she wants to use in her layouts. Racheal Moore, senior designer, who designs the fashion pages would ask me to scan fashion ideas and place them in her folder on the server. My overall experience at Cosmo was amazing. Everyone treated me with respect, and would always say thank you after I did anything for them. Cosmo has definitely inspired me to work in the magazine business.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/943-alex-kohun-">Alex Kohun </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/art/graphic-design.php">Graphic Design</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1703-deniz-sevgur-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/13675_deniz_sevgur_photo2.rev.1470871591.jpg" alt="Deniz Sevgur " title="Deniz Sevgur " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After my last job at working for <a href="" target="_blank">Vogue USA</a> as the production coordinator, I have moved to Istanbul and have my own company in cosmetics, DS Kozmetik. I spent 12 years in New York working for major magazines as an art director or production director. Currently, I represent 4 American cosmetic brands in Turkey. I still use all my knowledge doing my own <a href="/departments/art/graphic-design.php" target="_blank">graphic design</a> work for my company including all marketing, advertising and PR. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1703-deniz-sevgur-">Deniz Sevgur </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, <a href="/departments/art/graphic-design.php" target="_blank">Graphic Design</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1637-jordan-elizabeth-gelber-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/12977_starbaby_jordan_gelber_10.rev.1461005495.jpg" alt="Jordan Elizabeth Gelber " title="Jordan Elizabeth Gelber " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Jordan Gelber graduated with a double major in Art/Graphic Design and Communication Arts. She had an internship at <em>Victory Two Multimedia </em>before launching her own business <em>Starbaby Enterprises</em> of New York City. Jordan’s design studio & production firm offers marketing, branding and design services to those in the entertainment and fashion industry. Clients include: NYCastings, Vera Moore Cosmetics, Balls Vodka, Exude Fitness, Janique (Fashion Designer),and  <em>Resident Magazine</em> In the Spring of 2016 she returned to MMC to give professional advice to graduating design students.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1637-jordan-elizabeth-gelber-">Jordan Elizabeth Gelber </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in Art/Graphic Design and Communications Arts.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/944-aileen-marcantonio-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/312_aileen.rev.1453900913.jpg" alt="Aileen Marcantonio " title="Aileen Marcantonio " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Interning with Jo Wood-Brown–an internship I got through Professor Bell–was an experience that I will always cherish.  I learned so much and made great contacts while working with Jo.  During my semester, I assisted Jo in preparing and executing her lecture circuits.  I helped to prepare for a group exhibit at the Painting Center and a panel discussion at the Metropolitan Museum and Art.  Jo was such a joy to work for; she was warm, generous, and provided great insight into the art world.  I have used the skills that I developed while working for Jo in my current career.  As Department Manager for Hirschl and Adler Modern in New York, I work a lot with artists. I was so fortunate to have developed an understanding of the artist’s perspective from my internship experience.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/944-aileen-marcantonio-">Aileen Marcantonio </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/art/art-history.php">Art History</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/945-elizabeth-goodridge-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/13598_elizabeth_goodridge_1.rev.1467415854.jpg" alt="Elizabeth Goodridge " title="Elizabeth Goodridge " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “When I started my internship in the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, I was overcome by the scene that had played out in front of me as I sat in my first sale. My immediate reaction was quickly emailed over to Professor Adrienne Bell, who had helped me to secure the internship. She gleefully shared the same excitement. When I graduated, I was offered a paid internship at Godel & Co., another prestigious American Art gallery in New York. I chose Marymount Manhattan College because they understood the value of a small community that fostered intimate relationships between students and educators. I would have never had this kind of success had it not been for the environment that was provided by the College and the prestigious educators they employ.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/945-elizabeth-goodridge-">Elizabeth Goodridge </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/art/art-history.php">Art History</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/940-vanessa-gonzalez-bunster-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/319_vanessagonzalez-bunster.rev.1453900915.jpg" alt="Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster " title="Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Working at Pier 59 Studios has given me valuable technical knowledge of digital equipment as well as business knowledge. My understanding of the commercial photography business has broadened from working with clients and my co-workers to help projects flow smoothly. Above all I value the relationships and connections I have created that will continue to help me after my internship is complete.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/940-vanessa-gonzalez-bunster-">Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/art/photography.php">Photography</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/941-janine-florio-"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/215/323_janine-florio.rev.1453900916.jpg" alt="Janine Florio " title="Janine Florio " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I still cannot believe that I have had this amazing experience. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. Walking into the Conde Nast building on August 22nd was the beginning of a brilliant experience that I will never forget. Successful people surrounded me as I stood on the elevator waiting to reach my destination. I read all of the businesses on each floor as the numbers reached higher to Teen Vogue. Finally the elevator stopped ant the 10th floor. The doors opened and I nervously but excitingly entered….On my right side were the doors to Allure Magazine, to my left the beautiful glass doors of TEEN VOGUE. This began my journey of the most nerve wracking, but brilliant internship yet.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/941-janine-florio-">Janine Florio </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/art/graphic-design.php" target="_blank">Graphic Design</a></p></div>