Art & Art History



The Department of Art and Art History gives students, regardless of experience or major, the opportunity to develop sensivity to visual language through studio work and the study of the history of art. The department requires a balanced program in studio and art history that may be augmented to suit students’ particular interests and needs.   

Art and Art History students at Rhodes are provided

  • Close working relationships with nationally recognized faculty in Studio and Art History
  • A professional campus gallery featuring regional, national and student artists
  • Regional and national internships with galleries, museums, non-profit arts organizations, as well as artists and architects
  • Research opportunities to present or exhibit original work locally or nationally
  • Excellent track record for placing students in graduate programs
  • A burgeoning independent art scene in Memphis that supports young artists



Prof. Victor Coonin Explains Why Michelangelo’s David Is So Famous on WREG/CBS-TV

Rhodes art historian Dr. Victor Coonin discussed his new book From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David today on WREG-TV’s “Live at 9.” He has been researching and establishing himself as an expert on Michelangelo for more than two decades.


Written to be accessible to the general public, this is the first book about Michelangelo’s David to tell the comprehensive story of the world-famous sculpture, from its origins up to the present day.


The 272-page book with 140 color illustrations is available on The Florentine Press website. It also is available on Amazon and locally at the Booksellers at Laurelwood. It will be in the campus bookstore soon.


View the Live at 9 interview here.

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