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

Professor Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz has been invited to give the 2018 Journal of Southern African Studies Annual Lecture, Ma Kisi Nsi: A Quest for Kongo Art, on October 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, UK. READ MORE

Professor Diane Reilly published The Cistercian Reform and the Art of the Book in Twelfth-Century France with Amsterdam University Press. READ MORE

Professor Adelheid Gealt has received a grant from Jane Fortune to create a virtual museum dedicated to women artists. Professor Gealt's work is part of Ms. Fortune's wider organization Advancing Women Artists. You can read more about her efforts here. 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.