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Art History

Why Study Art History?


The Department of Art History office will be closed from 12/21/19-1/1/20.

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 Anna Dumont volunteers in Venice to save books damaged by record floods--interviewed by NPR
Six Questions for Professor Hollis Clayson, author of Illuminated Paris
Read our 2018-19 Year in Review

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