Currently Charles Cohen is examining the works of Venetian and other northern Italian artists as well as the themes of provincialism, religious art before the Council of Trent, and the changing role of drawing in the creative process in Italian art.
Cohen has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship among numerous other awards. During his tenure at the University he has served as Chair of the Department of Art History for 10 years, as a Resident Master of Pierce Hall for 22 years, and as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts for three terms. Before joining the Chicago faculty in 1970, Cohen taught at Harvard University.
Cohen received the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.