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Pregnant Magdalene in Northern Art 1430-1550



New book published by Professor Penny Jolly (click here to see more information).





Art history affirms and explains the importance of visual acuity and historical perspective for a critical engagement with images, artifacts, and built environments.  We use objects to understand history and culture, and history and culture to understand objects. Students earning a BA in art history explore the varied roles of objects, creators, audiences, and patrons in diverse cultural contexts around the world and in a range of periods from antiquity to the present.  Art history majors develop skills in analyzing both visual objects and written sources that are applicable to a wide range of personal, civic, and professional endeavors; they may also go on to graduate work in art history and careers in art-related fields.


Sophia Ladouceur ’14, won one of two 2014 Skidmore Candace Carlucci Awards, presented to members of the senior class who exhibit boundless energy, contagious enthusiasm, and a capacity to energize all segments of the community. She is now Membership Coordinator in the Development department at the Brooklyn Museum.

Caitlin Link '16, was awarded a Skidmore SEE-Beyond grant to study at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College during summer 2014.

Becky Perry ’08, who is working on her dissertation at the Bard Graduate Center, was recently hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute as a Senior Research Assistant in the curatorial office.

With a friend, Karen Cantor ’00 recently opened the Chipped Cup, a coffee house, in Harlem, New York.