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Visit the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries this summer and discover the summer show on display, "Slavocracy" by graphic designer Frank DeBose.

Art History Dig

The study of the history of art promotes visual and cultural literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students may major or minor in Art History at ODU, and it is part of the curricula of studio art, art education, and graphic design as well.

After a survey of world art from ancient to contemporary, students may select areas of interest as they build their skills in research and writing, but are encouraged to sample broadly from course offerings.

Advanced majors may pursue internships at museums and other cultural venues, conduct independent research with faculty guidance, and write an original thesis as a culmination of their studies.

ODU's Art History majors have presented at national conferences and entered prestigious master's and doctoral programs.

The Art History Program offers scholarships and study abroad courses, and participates in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, in which students can share their original research in a professional format.

The Student Art History Association supports extracurricular activities including discussions, field trips, and guest lectures.



Art History Faculty


Robert Wojtowicz

    Vice Provost & Dean
    2102F MONARCH HALL
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3085
  • rwojtowi@odu.edu

Anne Muraoka

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    1000E BARRY ARTS BUILDING 4600 MONARCH WAY
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4678
  • amuraoka@odu.edu

Vittorio Colaizzi

    Associate Professor
    1000 D BARRY ARTS BLDG
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4054
  • vcolaizz@odu.edu

Jared Benton

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
    1000 I BARRY ARTS BUILDING
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4052
  • jtbenton@odu.edu

Agnieszka Whelan

    Master Lecturer
    1000 G BARRY ARTS BUILDING
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4772
  • awhelan@odu.edu