Our strengths lie in the great breadth of our faculty's areas of specialization, the diversity of our approaches, the interdisciplinary emphasis of our research and teaching, and our engagement with curatorial and museum studies.
The department pursues research and offers courses in a wide range of areas, including: American art, architecture, and decorative arts; African and African diaspora art; aesthetics; ancient art and archaeology; Chinese art; contemporary art; critical theory; curatorial and museum studies; Cuban art and architecture; Renaissance and baroque Dutch, Flemish, and German painting and graphic art; Greek and Roman art and architecture; history of museums and collecting; Italian Renaissance and baroque art and architecture; nineteenth-century European art and architecture; photography, film and media studies; South Asian art and architecture; twentieth-century European art and architecture; visual culture studies; and vernacular architecture.
Though part of a large research university, we take pride in our ability to give individual attention to each of our undergraduate and graduate students.
We also firmly believe in the Wisconsin Idea of sharing the resources of the university with the citizens of the state and the international community. We put this principle into action by presenting programs of public lectures, organizing public exhibitions, participating in outreach programs, and contributing to the educational programs of the Chazen Museum and other local and regional museums, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Milwaukee Museum of Art.