College of Letters & Science
Elvehjem Building (LEFT) and Chazen Art Museum (RIGHT)
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.



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


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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.


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

Chair's Corner

The 2018-19 academic year is upon us. I’m pleased to be stepping in as Interim Chair, and look forward to helping Art History see another productive and successful year of teaching, scholarship and outreach.




Professor Jill Casid keynotes the biennial IAVC conference in London.
September 04, 2018
This year's Schewe Award goes to Michelle Prestholt, Ph.D. student in ancient art
September 04, 2018
A Memorial celebrating Narciso’s extraordinary life was held on Saturday, August 25.
August 10, 2018
Prof. Henry Drewal was part of the curatorial team for "Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths," which runs from June 3 - December 30 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
June 29, 2018


Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
L170, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
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