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

The Art History Association regrets to announce that its annual graduate student symposium and its associated keynote lecture by Dr. Nii Quarcoopome scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 have been cancelled. READ MORE

The Department is saddened to share that Dr. Nikki Greene will be unable to join us for her scheduled Burke Lecture on Friday, March 27, 2020 in accordance with proactive campus-wide preventative measures relating to COVID-19. READ MORE

Dr. Margaret Graves received the International Center of Medieval Art's 2019 Annual Book Prize for her manuscript Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam. READ MORE

PhD candidate MaryClaire Pappas is honored to have been selected for a 2020-2021 American-Scandinavian Foundation award to further her dissertation research at the University of Oslo. READ MORE

Art History major Lauren Ehrmann was awarded a Fulbright to study in Morocco and the Kate Hevner Mueller Senior Recognition Award. 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.