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Art History

Art History operates at the intersection of the visual and the verbal, and it deploys knowledge from an exceptional range of disciplines to engage and interpret the objects of art and visual culture. It is thus a particularly powerful tool for the understanding of human culture and creativity. The Division of Art History is dedicated to the study of visual art and culture as distinctive instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that offer fundamental insights into diverse historical and contemporary human cultures, insights often unavailable to other modes of analysis. We provide students with the opportunity to work in a vibrant community of scholars and peers to explore the social, historical, ethical, and aesthetic significance of the visual realm that is our present environment and the heritage of numerous diverse cultures and civilizations.

We offer a BA major with an honors option as well as a minor in Art History for those pursing other undergraduate majors. At the graduate level, an MA degree and a PhD degree are available.

Recent Art History News

Danny Giles lecture in Jacob Lawrence Gallery
An anonymous alum and passionate supporter of the School has offered to match up to $300,000 in gifts to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Donations of any amount are welcome. Read more
Jamie Walker
As 2019 rolled to a close and ushered in a new decade, the waning weeks of December were filled with joy, not only for completing another energizing quarter of teaching and learning but also for a number of newsworthy announcements, events, and… Read more
Kollar American Art Lecture Reception, spring 2016
Gifts from our generous donors — individuals, foundations, and organizations — are critical to the success and morale of the School. We are deeply grateful for their support. Join them by selecting one of our top funds for your donation. Read more

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