Art History Classes

Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions

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Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions through the museum's art history classes. Programmed by the museum's education department, these classes offer terrific opportunities to investigate individual works or periods in greater depth, and allow visitors to connect with the art currently on view in our galleries.

Upcoming Classes

Art Through the Ages: An Art History Survey
February 19–May 21, 6–8 p.m.
CMOA Theater
$200 ($180 CMP Members)
Register online

February 20–May 22, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
$200 ($180 CMP Members)
Register online 

You’ve heard of Rembrandt, Monet, and Warhol, but what makes them great artists? Gain a new appreciation for the history of art from ancient to contemporary times, with a focus on the museum’s world-class collection. Through captivating gallery walks and provocative lectures led by Rachel Miller, PhD, you’ll become acquainted with a range of artists in ways that you never before considered. Readings and take-home exercises reinforce the experience and ensure a deeper level of knowledge.

About the instructor: Rachel Miller's research focuses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art with an emphasis on the artistic patronage of the Jesuits, including the art and architecture produced on their overseas missions. 

Note: This class is required for individuals wishing to enter the provisional
CMOA volunteer docent program. 

Picturing Across the Atlantic: The Beginnings of American Art
February 25-March 18, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
General $80 (CMP Members $64)
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Discover the origins of American art with art historian Isaac King through the work of four exceptional artists: Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, and Rembrandt Peale. 

With the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, America was officially established and historical record-keeping became critical. Part of the new nation’s history would be documented and expressed visually. From West’s large scale history paintings and Stuart’s iconic portrait of George Washington, to depictions of the American Revolutionary War by Trumbull and Peale’s notable portraits of American presidents, learn how these four artists contributed significantly to the development of institutions - and an American visual style.

About the instructor: Isaac King, PhD, is an art historian specializing in American Art. King’s research is currently focused on the changing standards of authenticity in the emerging tradition of American national portraiture.

This 4 session class meets every Wednesday between February 25–March 18. 

Lasting Impressions: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Fin-de-siècle Paris
April 8-29, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
General $80 (CMP Member $64) 

Carnegie Museum of Art’s rich collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist paintings, including works by Cezanne, Cassatt, Renoir, Monet, and Signac, along with the exhibition Visiting Van Gogh: Basket of Apples, serve as the foundation for this four-session class. 
Clarisse Fava-Piz will take you on an exploration of the vibrant artistic scene of Fin-de-siècle Paris, and the emergence of the new artistic movements that inspired Van Gogh, profoundly influenced his artistic production, and set him on the path to becoming one of the most innovative artists of the 19th century.

About the instructor: Clarisse Fava-Piz is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests encompass the study of artistic exchanges, the history of the art market, and connoisseurship in the nineteenth-century, with a particular focus on sculpture. Clarisse received her M.A. in Art History from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, and her B.A. in Art History from the Université Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has worked at the Getty Research Institute, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Institute of Art History (INHA).

This 4 session class meets every Wednesday between April 8–29.  

Registration Information

Register online using the links above.
Call 412.622.3288 to register by phone.

Email Lucy Stewart, Associate Curator of Education, Adult Programs.