Your Career in Art and Architecture History

A museum curator delivering a talk as she gestures toward an artwork
Patrons look at European Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
 Two women catalogue materials at a museum
 Porch of Maidens ancient architectural sculpture

Many students pursue art history with a goal of teaching or working in a museum, gallery, auction house, or other institution in which a knowledge of the history of art across cultures and civilizations is required. By that token the Art and Architecture History program is designed to prepare students for these types of careers.

But other students study art history without having these arts- and culture-based goals in mind. This is because the skills acquired through the study of art history prepare students to enter any professional field that requires a workforce that can work independently and in groups; take on projects that require inquisitiveness and intellectual versatility; distill information effectively, persuasively, and efficiently through written and spoken communication; and learn about and acquire broad expertise in order to expand knowledge and forge new pathways for innovative solutions to complex problems. In other words, students of art history, as all fields in the humanities, acquire skills that are suitable for a far wider range of professional tasks than just those that require knowledge of the content of art history.


Possible fields that do involve arts and culture, and thus utilize both the content and skills acquired through art history, include:

Museums and Galleries

Administration
Curatorial
Conservation
Restoration
Registrar
Collections Management
Exhibition Design/Preparation
Archive Management
Education
Tours
Sales
Publications
Development
Public Relations

Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Education

Museum Educator
University Professor and Scholar

Administrative

Art Advisor-Private Collection Consulting
Digital Image Specialist
Library and Information Science
Publishing-Editing

Miami Art History Alumni Careers Panel (14:18)

Victoria Azzi ('14): Associate Account Strategist at Google, Ann Arbor, MI
Krista Dunkman ('13): Museum Specialist, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH
Sydney Kreuzmann ('12): Participatory Programs Specialist, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Sarah Robison ('11): Art Educator, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Graduate Programs

Recent graduates of the program in Art and Architecture History at Miami University have enrolled in graduate programs in art history and related fields at such institutions as:

Art Institute of Chicago
Case Western Reserve University
Harvard University
Indiana University
New York University
University of Delaware
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Many others have gone on to law school, medical school, and other professional programs.

Employment

Recent art history alumni have found employment at:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH
The Frick, Pittsburgh, PA
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Google, Ann Arbor, MI
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
PS1, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH

Many others have gone on to positions in a wide array of industries outside of the arts.

Student Stories

Why Study Art History?

Art History Skills

Art History at Miami

Alumni Stories

Victoria Azzi
Class of 2014

Victoria Azzi

Associate Account Strategist at Google, Ann Arbor, MI

Looking back on my decision to study Art History at Miami University, I can honestly say it has been one of the best choices I have made in shaping my career. At the root of any degree is the ability to problem solve. What sets a degree in Art History apart is the ability to take those solutions and communicate them through a creative and effective narrative. Whether sharing my personal story or assisting my clients at Google with sharing theirs, I feel confident in my ability to communicate in a way that is both grounded in research and captivating to hear.

Krista Dunkman
Class of 2013

Krista Dunkman

Museum Specialist, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH

What I value most about my experience as an art history major was how it taught me to think critically about how people engage with the world around them. Being able to understand the ways in which people choose to express themselves has been an invaluable skill that I've relied on throughout my career, in both digital advertising and museum work. My professors were dedicated and passionate about our success, and always made us feel like valued members of the art history community. When I reflect on my time at Miami, the opportunities and experiences I gained through the art history program are some of my most rewarding memories.

Sarah Robison
Class of 2011

Sarah Robison

Art Educator, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

The art history program at Miami provided me with a field of study that encouraged my interest in the visual arts while challenging me to grow as a writer, speaker and thinker. I appreciated the passion and generosity of the department professors, who are not only experts in their field, but truly care about connecting with their students and supporting their careers beyond college. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to study a subject I love while honing my communication skills and developing a deeper understanding of global perspectives.

Leslie Jones
Class of 2008

Leslie Jones

Independent Consultant for Cultural Institutions, Artists, and Designers, New York, NY

My experience at Miami, in the History of Art and Architecture program, was incredibly valuable in the development of my understanding, appreciation, and reverence for art and art history. In order to succeed in the arts, it is imperative that one first understand and master the academic foundation of art and its principles; the History of Art and Architecture program provided me this and so much more.

Suzanne Modica, Class of 1996

Suzanne Modica

Modica Carr Art Advisory, NYC

As an art advisor in the contemporary art world, I attribute a great deal of my success to the art historical foundation that I received in the History of Art and Architecture program at Miami University. My curiosity and passion for art was encouraged, while I was challenged to develop the critical thinking and writing skills that are essential in my industry and in managing my own firm.