Change,
On Display

The Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective prepares undergraduate students for careers in the visual arts. With resources beyond that of any program in the nation, we’re shaping the future of the art world.
Three schools, united by the world’s oldest and largest association of historically black colleges and universities and a shared vision that innovation + art = change.

Interested in attending one of these schools?

No matter which of the three you choose, the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective—including all of its faculty, museums, collections and resources—will be here for you.

With strong liberal arts programs and an expertly crafted, multi-campus curriculum for a wide range of career opportunities, this is where your future in the art industry begins.

Interested in art history or curatorial studies at one of these schools?

From defining your course structure to providing network connections, we’re in it together—because we can’t transform an industry without students like you.

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Art History Major

Art History Minor

Curatorial Studies Minor

Art History
Major
Study art through different time periods, global movements and powerful stories. Feel inspired while you learn, as our professors bring art history to life in engaging and dynamic ways. Step inside the classroom and go back in time.
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Art History
Minor
Supplement your major with a minor in art history. Study art that goes deep into the past and moves into the present, giving you tools that complement a variety of fields. Different mediums come alive inside our classrooms.
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Curatorial Studies
Minor
Learn about exhibition, display, preservation and interpretation of art in classes that encourage conversation about creativity. Dive into historic masterpieces and contemporary works while discovering how to inspire others.
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Early College program

Turn your calling
into credits.

High school juniors and seniors, get a head start in your coursework and career by joining us in four weeks of hands-on learning about all things art history and curatorial studies.

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Career Paths

Visionaries,
welcome.

From art historian and museum director to curator and art conservator, your future is a canvas of possibilities.
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CAU Alumna Highlight
Amy Sherald, C’97

In 2018, Sherald’s official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. But that’s not her typical project. Keenly aware that Black subjects largely have been omitted from the history of art, Sherald’s focus is on portraits of ordinary African Americans in everyday situations, like the grocery store or airport. With these initiatives, her artmaking aims to portray “the versions of ourselves that thrive when extricated from the dominant historical narrative.”

My paintings hold up a mirror to the present, and reflect real experiences of blackness today and historically, in everyday life and within the historical art canon.
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