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Art History

Why Study Art History?


Our Program

Professor Krista Thompson's investiture ceremony

In Art History, we study the art and architecture of cultures around the world and across millennia. We take a variety of approaches to our objects, but focus on understanding their aesthetic and historical significance as well as their social relevance. 

Left: Krista Thompson's Investiture (image: G. Lemieux)


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Warnock Gift

The Liz Warnock Gift to Art History provides generous funds to support an array of programming in the department
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Chicago Objects Study Initiative

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. COSI provides graduate students with training in object-based research with the Art Institute of Chicago.
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News & Events


Awards & Honors

Professor Huey Copeland named the Andrew W. Mellon Professor for 2020-2022 at the National Gallery of Art



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Graduate Student Maryam Athari awarded 2020 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art
Graduate student Anna Dumont volunteers in Venice to save books damaged by record floods--interviewed by NPR
Read our 2018-19 Year in Review

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