Me at age 3, vacationing at Plymouth Rock



Randall Rhodes

Art Historian

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago




Since my earliest remembrances, I have been reading and traveling. Both endeavors have expanded my horizons beyond the singular and local to the plural and worldly, affecting an oceanic phase of ego. Reading provides a psychic and social connection while travel, a personal and physical connection. Yet reading newspapers and visiting Massachusetts were only the beginning. As I became aware of many more places in the world, I realized there existed many more texts to be read: books, journals, people, spaces, video, tv, and art. And, the study of Art History would offer an integration of such readings.


Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei, ROC)

 Art History is a discipline addressing the production and veneration of objects, from temples to textiles, photography to fashion, sculpture to ceramics, and paintings to performance. Objects conceived within the human mind, produced with mastered skills, and embodying the elements of design, constitute the realm of Art. The study of Art not only champions human capabilities and accomplishments, but also provides insight into the psychological, social, and economic frames of their production. Art History operates as a portal to the past and as a reflection of our present.

The principal critical issue within the discipline of Art History is that the readings of these visual texts are subject to constant revision. Who knows what was an artist's original intention, especially if he died almost four centuries ago? Whereas the "artist" no longer has a voice, the art object communicates, and oftentimes enthralls successive generations of spectators. Each generation brings its own expectations, biases, and projections to the transaction, resulting in a myriad of readings, only to be multiplied with the passage of time.



Paterre, Chateaux de Versailles (Versailles, France)

Art History is truly a voyage, not only to lands near and far, but across all dimensions of time and space. But most importantly, rather than being a voyage to view the "other", it provides an awareness of the Self. The study of the transaction of art and spectatorship indexically points to our aesthetic, social and psychic needs, and how we relate to the greater world around us.

Me on a compact vehicle with four legs

Me as adult, on a compact vehicle with four legs,
while vacationing on the Sarala-Saz jailoo, Kyrgyzstan.


Art History at Frostburg State University

Providing a most harmonious and balanced reading of visual texts, the Art History rotation at FSU surveys various fields of artistic production. Courses are taken in conjunction with the BFA degree, in satisfaction of an Art History Minor, in fulfillment of the GEP, or as electives.

Courses required for candidates for the BFA:

ART 301: Artistic Traditions: Asia (fall, even numbered years), or
ART 302: Artistic Traditions: Africa and the Americas (fall, odd years)
ART 360: Western Survey (every fall)
ART 408: 20th Century Art (every spring)
ART 415: Art Criticism (every spring)
Elective courses for those completing the minor in Art History:
ART 370: Women/Gender and the Visual Arts (spring, even years)
ART 380: 19th Century Art (fall, even years)
ART 430: Greek and Roman (spring, odd years)
ART 460: Renaissance/Baroque (fall, odd years)

Contact Information:

Dr. Randall Rhodes
Department of Visual Arts
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532




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