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, Architecture + Design, and many other humanities departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Department News

Kate Clarke Lemay (MA '12), Director of Portal, Portrait Gallery's Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery, has curated "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" as part of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, "Because of Her Story." READ MORE

Professor Bret Rothstein has published The Shape of Difficulty: A Fan Letter to Unruly Objects. READ MORE

The Department of Art History is delighted to announce that doctoral student, MaryClaire Pappas, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Sweden for the 2019-2020 academic year. MaryClaire was also awarded the 2019-2020 Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship at the recent Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies Annual Conference. Congratulations, MaryClaire! 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, Associate Director of Compliance, Athletics Department, Northeastern University (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.