Celebrities who've studied art history

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Don’t worry if everyone says STEM is the only field hiring and that a liberal arts degree is entirely useless (especially art history). We present a list of highly successful people who are doing awesome things and their art history degree may or may not have anything to do with their career! 


Here is fashion designer and wedding dress extraordinaire Vera Wang! Do you think she secretly makes art themed wedding dresses?


The actress Julianna Margulies is another famous Sarah Lawrence alum.


Peter Weller, director and Robocop, received his masters in Roman and Renaissance art at Syracuse and just completed a PhD in Italian Renaissance art history from UCLA. Check out this discussion he has with the Getty. He was introduced to the field by his friend Ali MacGraw …


Ali MacGraw, the daughter of artists, hobnobbed with the likes of Richard Nixon and Salvador Dalí who even gifted her an imitation-pearl-encrusted live iguana.


Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop uses a very loose term of the word “curate,” but at least she has a degree that tells us she should know better.  


Funny lady Megan Mullally doubled down and received a dual degree in art history and English Literature with Northwestern.


A big fan of showing up at college sports games, Ashley Judd proves that art history nerds like sports too.


This love story is my personal favorite! Two completely normal students studying art one day look at each other across a naughty painting of some sort and fall madly in love. William eventually switched to geography, but Kate stuck with it and has made art, the Portrait Gallery, and the History Museum part of her official charity work. Major in art history and you too could be the future Queen of England. 


Art Garfunkel sings his unemployability away at Columbia; in fact, several famous alums of Columbia received their art history degrees from Columbia. Does this mean it’s a great program for art history or an easy ride? Either way, we’re happy to have you on our team.

Stage and screen star Emmy Rossum 

Political child Meghan McCain with her dad John

Socialite Tinsley Mortimer

Aim high, kids!

By: Lauren

Lauren Dare

Sr. Editor

Comments (3)

Nick Chernick

Study art history and snag yourself a prince just like waity-katie!

Klais Lires

Yeah, but you won't get a real job.


I admire such people who study the history of art is very difficult.