Studio Art with an Emphasis in History of Art & Visual Culture


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The History of Art & Visual Culture program at Columbus College of Art & Design is all about learning how to decode yesterday’s imagery, define its influence on today’s visual conversations, and prepare for art’s tomorrow.


Plus, our favorite art and design tools, professors, and study break spots.


Study The City

Columbus makes getting an eyeful outside the classroom easy. CCAD’s Beeler Gallery (@beelergallery) and Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts are contemporary art stalwarts. Local galleries in the Short North Arts District showcase homegrown and international talent. The indie arts scene thrives at converted old warehouses like Blockfort, 400 West Rich, and Millworks Art Studios. And CCAD’s next-door neighbor is the Columbus Museum of Art, where there’s a cool permanent collection that houses work by artists including Edward Hopper, Jenny Holzer, and many more. It’s the perfect study break spot.



Pick Your (Professional) Passion

Your last semester will send you on a deep dive into any topic you choose. Past Senior Thesis projects have explored the shifts in American design and the dynamics of female representation in Renaissance Christian art. If you spend enough time and put enough into your thesis paper, says Crosley Frankenberry (Class of 2017), it’s easy to incorporate it directly into your grad school application.


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Get Your Symposium On

Before crossing the finish line to a diploma, you’ll present a 20-minute talk about your Senior Thesis at the Annual Symposium. On the curatorial track? You’ll produce an exhibition of a local or student artist’s work and give a gallery talk at the Symposium. Afterwards = one serious celebration!



Putting the Pro in Professor

Our Art History faculty don’t just teach. They do. And they prove you don’t have to be one type of person to succeed in the art world. Most faculty members have their own specializations, from formalist theory to feminist African art, and most are both historians and working artists.



Learn Like an Artist

Here, you don’t just talk about art, you make it. Instead of the stereotypical art history class (a dark 300-seat lecture hall with a teacher droning on about slide after projected slide), you’ll study theory and make work in Fine Arts studio classes. Doing both helps you talk and think like an artist and prepares you for jobs beyond academia, like work as a preservationist, critic, or archivist.



Associate Professor & Chair of History of  Art & Visual Culture

Associate Professor & Chair of History of
Art & Visual Culture

Jeannine Kraft completed her PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Critical Issues in the Contemporary Art World is one of her favorite classes to teach, as it helps students collaborate on a socially engaged art project with a local artist.

Assistant Professor of History of Art  & Visual Culture

Assistant Professor of History of Art
& Visual Culture

At CCAD, Liz Trapp leads students through projects that are part research and part art making, bolstering modern-day work with a historical foundation. Her work earned her a nomination for a prestigious Gabr Foundation Fellowship from the East-West Center, allowing her to study the street art of Egypt. The fellowship’s collaborative approach continues to influence her today.


  • MA in Art History, The Ohio State University

  • BA in English and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Ohio State University

Current Practice

I study contemporary Irish visual culture and how fine artists who deal with landscape negotiate the inherited cultural baggage of tourist imagery.

On Columbus

I love the flourishing creative culture of Columbus that allows me access to a wide range of historic and contemporary art. 


Ireland. Ireland and Irish culture have been my passion since I was a kid. Early on, I became obsessed with medieval literature, which later brought me to study the arts and cultural context.

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  • MA in History of Art, Ohio University

  • MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects, Columbus College of Art & Design

  • BFA in Painting and Drawing, Ohio University

Current Practice

I’m doing research on Egyptian street art that came out during the Arab Spring as well as contemporary artists in the Middle East, and I have a studio practice that includes painting and textiles.

On Columbus

It’s a very open community and embraces the arts in so many different ways. 


You’ll find me outside, at any of the Metro Parks here. 

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