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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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Awards & Honors

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


Warnock Lecture Series: Dell Upton (UCLA)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series. "Putting Monuments in their Places" Recent strug...

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Graduate student Jessy Bell named winner of the 2019 Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing
Six Questions for Professor Hollis Clayson, author of Illuminated Paris
Read our 2018-19 Year in Review

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