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

We're so excited to bring you our Spring 2017 newsletter! A lot has happened this year that we're delighted to share with you! Read more

Bart Pushaw (IU '13) has become a celebrity in Estonia as a result of his game-changing exhibition "Conductors of Colour: Music and Modernity in Estonian Art" on view at Kumu. "Conductors of Color" looks into the parallels between the development of painting and drawing as expressions of identity in Estonia, and the development of all forms of music. He's the cover story on the January 2017 issue of The Baltic Guide, the English-language cultural journal documenting events in Estonia. Read more

The Indianpolis Monthly has featured Professor Michelle Facos' buisness, MooseBooties. Until the 1990s, moose skin was deemed useless. It wasn't until Finnish tanners discovered a process that resisted strechging that the hide became a usable leather product. Dr. Facos has created a sustainable, ecologically friendly product which is nontoxic and safe for small children. Read more

Professor Faye Gleisser curated the exhibition, Preview 6: We've met before, with the Chicago Artists Coalition. This is a group exhibition featuring BOLT Artist Residents from 2016-2017. This exhibition will present work by Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Annette Hur, Ginger Krebs, Hương Ngô, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Juan Camilo Guzmán, Kaveri Raina, Luis Sahagun, Mayumi Lake, and Yvette Mayorga. It is the first and only group show of these artists together, presenting current works or revealing new directions that the artists may explore in their solo exhibitions occuring in 2017. 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
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Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556