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Art History

Why Study Art History?


Our Program

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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. 

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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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Awards & Honors

Professor Copeland Wins 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award
Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of Art History, has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Absolut Art Writing Award, intended to support new writing by the world's most creative talent. 

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Julia Oswald awarded Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art
Erin Reitz (PhD, 2017) named Assistant Professor in Art History at UIUC
Statement on Department’s Commitment to Openness and Inclusion
Aisha Motlani wins dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women

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