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

We are glad to be able to share with you our Fall 2019 newsletter. We encourage you read it to learn details regarding Dr. Kleinbauer's incredible legacy and upcoming memorial service, the recent accomplishments of our faculty, our students' exciting adventures and recent alumni news. READ MORE

The Department is saddened to announce that Professor Emeritus Gene Kleinbauer passed away June 3, 2019, at the age of 82. Professor Kleinbauer, a renowned expert on Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture and the historiography of art history, taught at Indiana University from 1973 until his retirement as Full Professor in 2006. His legacy lives on through his several publications, including "Modern Perspectives in Western Art History: an anthology of 20th-century writings on the visual arts" (1971) and "Hagia Sophia" (2004), as well as the scholarly pursuits of the many graduate students he supervised during his tenure.

To honor Professor Kleinbauer, the Department is hosting a memorial service on Saturday, September 7 from 4:00-5:30p.m. at the Woodburn House (519 N. College Avenue, Bloomington, IN, 47404). Please RSVP to Amelia Berry (812-855-9390, if interested in attending.

"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.