Doctoral student MaryClaire Pappas has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Sweden for the 2019-2020 academic year. Pappas was also awarded the 2019-2020 Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship at the recent Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies Annual Conference.
Our faculty is known for exemplary research and teaching. They encourage work that investigates how art and material culture engage the social world and give form to human imagination.
Approaches to the field involve understanding works of art within their historical contexts, and being able to respond creatively to the aesthetic, social, political, and psychological issues they suggest. Because forms of visual communication are important to all cultures, art historians work to carefully trace and place their significance on many levels of understanding. They also learn to work as curators—collecting, preserving, and coordinating objects in order to shape larger stories about humanity.