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Art History

Why Study Art History?


Our Program

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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. 


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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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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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News & Events


In Memoriam

Prof. Robert Bird (University of Chicago), husband and collaborator of Prof. Christina Kiaer, who has worked with a number of our graduate students, passed away on Labor Day



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Graduate Student Alissa Schapiro receives the 2019-20 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Advanced PhD Candidate Antawan Byrd's book was selected by the New York Times as one of the Best Art Books of 2020
Graduate student Olivia Dill and affiliate faculty member Marc Walton’s paper is published by the J. Paul Getty Trust
Graduate student Bethany Hill named winner of the 2020 Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing for "Off the Grid: Race, Space, and the Future Imaginary of June Jordan’s ‘Skyrise for Harlem’ "
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