Art History

Ours is a visual culture.  We are bombarded daily by hundreds of images, most of which we glance at for only a moment.  Art History asks us to look at images in a different way: deliberately and with care. Whether a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo or a Chinese landscape of the Song Dynasty, works of art help us understand how color, line, form and space convey meaning to particular audiences.  This dialogue between art and audience and the strategies for making meaning, we can see in contemporary images and design, from advertisements to infographics.

Art History at Napa Valley College provides students a range of courses, covering earliest image-making to contemporary art practice, photography to graphic design.  Surveys include art and architecture of Europe, Asia, and Africa/Oceania/Native North America.

Career Opportunities

Museum/Gallery Curator, Archivist, Museum Technician, Conservator.

Contact Information

Division

Arts and Humanities
Building 100
Phone: (707) 256-7500

Dean

Robert Van Der Velde
Senior Dean, Arts and Sciences
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Robert.Vandervelde@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7768

Program Coordinator

Erik Shearer
Professor, Studio Art
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Erik.shearer@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7464

Faculty

Amanda Badgett
Professor, Art History
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Abadgett@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7531