Art History is a dynamic department that teaches and pursues cutting-edge research in the history of art, material culture, and visual culture.

The Department of Art History’s award-winning faculty produce cutting edge research and teach innovative classes which prepare our students to thrive in contemporary society. The department encourages the study of the global history of art, and material and visual culture, from a wide range of periods and a variety of world cultures. Housed in the Chazen Museum of Art, the Department works closely with the Museum to provide students with opportunities to gain training in all facets of museum work, including exhibition training.



Our faculty and students excel in award-winning research on a great breadth of topics using cutting-edge approaches.


We offer flexible B.A and B.S. undergraduate majors, free-standing M.A. programs, and Ph.D. programs as well as opportunities to practice curatorial work and engage in public humanities research.


Our department prides itself in collaborating with other programs and entities on campus in the arts and humanities.

Chair’s Corner

Fall 2019 is a new semester of exciting news and events in the Art History Department!

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Sat 04
Tue 07
Fri 10

Victorian Kilbourn Walking Tour

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue 14
Wed 15

Tax Day 2020

July 15
Thu 16

Photo Preservation Workshop

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 17

Cemetery Tour: Civil War

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 31
Aug 04

Walking Tour: A Walk on Madison’s Weird Side

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aug 05

History Sandwiched In

August 5 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm