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, Fine Arts Library, 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 Adelheid Gealt has curated the Eskenazi Museum of Art's upcoming Exhibition of important drawings by Italian masters, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 30 from 6:30-8:00p.m. Read more

Professor Faye Gleisser's exhibition, The Making of a Fugitive, will open July 16 and run through December 4, 2016 in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The department is excited to venture to Chicago to see the show which features mixed media, prints, photographs,and sculptures made by artists working from the 1970's to the present. Read more

Kira Bushman, a current IU student, has just started a podcast entitled "Aesthetic Greatness: A Podcast Aobut Women and Art." Kira has been working under the direction of Professor Michelle Facos and the department is looking forward to tuning in regularly to listen! You can click here to listen to Episode 1, "Women and Art Education." Read more

"I started my IU experience as a Kelley major and decided against it my Sophomore year. After shopping around and taking a few general education courses, I ended up taking an introduction class with Professor Van Voorhis... Although I don't think a career path in Art History was ever really in my future plans, I can definitely say that what I've learned within the program is being applied to my every day. Currently, I'm in Manhattan working as a consultant for an advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. ...I've worked as a consultant on a vast array of clients including but not limited to American Express, Nestle, and IBM. With this work, I am consistently applying the research, writing, and analyzation skills I learned in your department. ...I came to IU knowing (probably) less than 10 facts about the art world. Now, I'm in one of the best cities in the world for art history and am extremely thankful for the experience I had with IU." Read more

Jay Kurahashi-Sofue (BA, 2015)


Department of Art History
1201 East 7th Street, Office 132
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556