College of Fine & Performing Arts

Art History Testimonials

Kiersten Fellrath, Art History alumna"I had a wonderful university experience within WWU’s Art History program.  The diversity of subjects taught, the emphasis on critical thinking, the hands on experience at the Western Gallery, as well as, the focus on visual culture (in addition to art history) have been invaluable to my development as a curator, art historian and arts administrator.  I will never forget some of the lively debates and fantastic guest lecturers (The Guerrilla Girls!) in the classroom.  But most of all it was the dedication of the professors who were integral to my success.  They encouraged my ideas, challenged me in new ways, introduced me to the work of great artists and cultural movements and set me on the path for a Master’s of Arts fulfilling my lifelong passion for a career in contemporary art."

Kiersten Fellrath. Class of 2006. Associate Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York, NY


Marisa Ellis, Art History alumna"My art history degree has been incredibly beneficial and relevant to my career in marketing. WWU’s art history program taught me how to think critically, communicate effectively and analyze visual design in ways others do not. Almost a decade after graduating, I’m still so happy I decided to major in art history." 

Marisa Ellis. Class of 2009 Art History graduate, Director for Communications & Marketing, Whatcom Community College


Berit Ness, Art History alumna"Western Washington University's Art History program laid the foundation for my career in museums. I gained essential experience through internships with the Western Gallery, working with their exceptional American Works on Paper and Campus Sculpture collections. As part of an interdisciplinary department, Art History classes at WWU offered the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the discipline alongside classmates from Art Studio and Art Education. Program faculty and staff were eager mentors, who were always willing to help."

Berit Ness. Class of 2009. Coordinator of Academic Initiatives, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago