College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

Art History at IU

The Department of Art History is dedicated to exploring and demonstrating the significance and meaning of art, visual experience, and their histories globally to the University and its communities through exemplary research and teaching. The Department has been awarding Ph.D. degrees in art history since 1965. Our work investigates how art and visual culture engage the social world and give life to the world of human imagination in its many facets. The Department collaborates with the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, the School of Art + Design, and many other humanities departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Department News

The Department of Art History is delighted to announce that major Meryem Ozel has been selected to receive the Palmer-Brandon Scholarship in the Humanities from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Palmer-Brandon Scholarship is the largest scholarship that the College awards to students in the humanities to recognize outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations Meryem! READ MORE

The Department of Art History is delighted to announce that a $1.5 million gift from an anonymous donor will establish the Tanner-Opperman Chair in Honor of Roy Sieber. READ MORE

Professor Jeffrey Saletnik’s co-edited special issue of the journal Art in Translation on “Translation and Architecture” is now available. Essays in the special issue address the transmission systems—or media—though which architecture and design move from idea, to plan, to built form; and also, address those media that facilitate historical experience of built form, including written texts, drawings, photographs, and artworks. READ MORE

"While I am not necessarily using my History of Art degree in a way that I might have envisioned upon declaring my major back in 2007, I know that I would not be in the position I am without the writing and research skills I developed in the program. . . My dream is to wind up working at IU down the road as there are few places I love as much as Bloomington and the IU campus. " Read more

Colin M. Brier-Braxton, Assistant Director of Compliance, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Wyoming (BA, 2010)


Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.