Gain a Broader Perspective Through the Lens of Art 

Travel to Italy to study Renaissance art or ancient pagan and Christian cultures. Explore the world of French art and literature of the 19th Century in Paris or Provence. Work with teenagers to create public art for their communities. Curate an exhibition in the Carole Calo Gallery. Learn on the job in a gallery or museum internship. 

Stonehill art history students deepen their understanding of art as an expression of various cultures and ideologies. 

Our students experience art aesthetically, historically and as a means for personal expression. Our program promotes the investigation of connections between art and other disciplines such as history, psychology, gender studies and religious studies. 

Opportunities for Advanced Study, Experiential Learning 

Take advantage of our “extended classroom” as students study on site at museums, galleries and historical sites in New England and New York. 

  • Live the arts as you study abroad in Florence, Perugia, London or Paris 
  • Collaborate with teenagers from Brockton, Mass., to create public art for their communities 
  • Curate an exhibition in the Carole Calo Gallery in our capstone course, “Exhibitions and Collections” 
  • Learn on the job in a museum or gallery internship. 

Sample Art History Courses

Global Visual Traditions

History Cornerstone
This one-semester survey explores major developments in art and architecture from Antiquity through the 19th Century, considering historical events and ideological shifts which contributed to the stylistic changes. Students take trips to Boston museums to enhance class content.

Early Renaissance Art: Italy and the North

This course serves as an introduction to the art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Italy and the North. Students explore different types of art such as altarpieces, civic art, and court art. Artistic exchanges between Italy and the North are examined, and the role that patrons, the economy and the military played are investigated.

Exhibitions and Collections: An Inside Look

This course serves as an inside look at the contemporary art world. Visits to art galleries, museums, auction houses, and corporate and private collections introduce students to a variety of art institutions and professions. Students assist in curating an exhibition at the Carole Calo Gallery: meeting with artists to choose work, organizing the exhibition, installation, writing and designing a catalogue, postcards and poster; and planning a reception.

Career Development Resources

The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Visual & Performing Arts Specific Career Resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level positions
  • Annual career fairs
  • Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits
  • Externships and internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (weeklong and semesterlong programs).

Active Mentors

  • Boston Interactive Web Designer
  • Cengage Learning Associate Content Project Manager
  • Gibbes Museum of Art Membership Coordinator
  • New Hampshire Historical Society Education Programs Coordinator
  • Smithsonian Institution Education Specialist

Visual & Performing Arts Internship Opportunities

Places where visual and performing arts students have recently interned include:

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Compassionate Leadership Through the Arts

The Arts Outreach program pairs under-served children from the nearby city of Brockton with Stonehill mentors. Because most of the Stonehill students who participate have little experience in art, the projects they undertake – ranging from photography and videography to painting and sometimes dance – provide an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to learn and do something new together.

Contact Information

Adam D. Lampton

Associate Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts