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Welcome to the Department of Art History

The Department of Art History provides diverse programs for the study of the history and theory of art, leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants with a BA and applicants who bring an MA in Art History from another institution are both welcome. The program seeks to create a forum for the exploration of the visual arts as manifested in major epochs of European, Near Eastern, Asian, and American civilizations. This is accomplished by encouraging the exploration of diverse approaches and the examination of varied materials. The department seeks to cultivate knowledge of salient works of art, of the structures within which they are produced and utilized, and of the ways in which the visual environment in the broadest sense generates, acquires, and transmits meaning. Ways of addressing and analyzing the range of materials that constitute visual culture are emphasized in lectures, seminars, and workshops through the oral and written presentation of research and inquiry into specific objects, periods, and issues.

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Art History at the University of Chicago. We are always ready to answer questions about the graduate program, admissions, and financial aid. To begin the online application process for the graduate program, please click here.

 

Announcements

May 21, 2014

The Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.3 million to the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago to support the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative. From the press release:

This unprecedented, four-year, inter-institutional pilot effort [...] will provide graduate students from both universities with new or significantly enhanced coursework and training in object-based art history research. It also will increase their access to works of art drawn from the Art Institute's renowned permanent holdings—both on view and in storage—as well as fully leverage the expertise of the museum's curatorial and professional staff.

This unprecedented, four-year, inter-institutional pilot effort, known as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative, will provide graduate students from both universities with new or significantly enhanced coursework and training in object-based art history research. It also will increase their access to works of art drawn from the Art Institute’s renowned permanent holdings—both on view and in storage—as well as fully leverage the expertise of the museum’s curatorial and professional staff. - See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/05/21/mellon-foundation-grant-support-art-history-initiative-uchicago-northwestern-art-#sthash.A0ndN1LA.dpuf

For more information: Mellon Foundation grant to support art history initiative with UChicago, Northwestern, Art Institute.

Mellon Foundation grant to support art history initiative with UChicago, Northwestern, Art Institute - See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/05/21/mellon-foundation-grant-support-art-history-initiative-uchicago-northwestern-art-#sthash.A0ndN1LA.dpuf

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded three grants totaling $1,299,404 to three of the Chicago area’s premier institutions—the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago—to enhance the study of art history through a focus on working with art objects. 

This unprecedented, four-year, inter-institutional pilot effort, known as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative, will provide graduate students from both universities with new or significantly enhanced coursework and training in object-based art history research. It also will increase their access to works of art drawn from the Art Institute’s renowned permanent holdings—both on view and in storage—as well as fully leverage the expertise of the museum’s curatorial and professional staff.

Thanks to this new initiative, emerging art historians will receive rigorous training in the techniques, materials and physical properties of works of art as part of their curriculum, as well as develop related research skills. By emphasizing curatorial practice and providing in-depth exposure to conservation and conservation-science approaches to objects and materials, the program addresses a professional need for broadening instruction in the discipline of art history.

The program will prepare graduate students to consider works of art as primary sources for original research; it also will give students the tools, skills and experience needed to prepare them for positions in museums, libraries or other research settings involving collections.

- See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/05/21/mellon-foundation-grant-support-art-history-initiative-uchicago-northwestern-art-#sthash.A0ndN1LA.dpuf

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded three grants totaling $1,299,404 to three of the Chicago area’s premier institutions—the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago—to enhance the study of art history through a focus on working with art objects. 

This unprecedented, four-year, inter-institutional pilot effort, known as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative, will provide graduate students from both universities with new or significantly enhanced coursework and training in object-based art history research. It also will increase their access to works of art drawn from the Art Institute’s renowned permanent holdings—both on view and in storage—as well as fully leverage the expertise of the museum’s curatorial and professional staff.

Thanks to this new initiative, emerging art historians will receive rigorous training in the techniques, materials and physical properties of works of art as part of their curriculum, as well as develop related research skills. By emphasizing curatorial practice and providing in-depth exposure to conservation and conservation-science approaches to objects and materials, the program addresses a professional need for broadening instruction in the discipline of art history.

The program will prepare graduate students to consider works of art as primary sources for original research; it also will give students the tools, skills and experience needed to prepare them for positions in museums, libraries or other research settings involving collections.

- See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/05/21/mellon-foundation-grant-support-art-history-initiative-uchicago-northwestern-art-#sthash.A0ndN1LA.dpuf

May 13, 2014

The Humanities Division's magazine Tableau profiles our department's assistant professors in Young Faculty Focus: Outside the Frame.

May 2, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Aden Kumler, who will be receiving the 2014 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring at convocation in June! The award honors the work of full-time faculty members in the four divisions and the Divinity School for exemplary graduate teaching. Her nomination was initiated and supported by our students, both past and present.

For more information: Building lifelong links with graduate students

 

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