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Professor Fabiola López-Durán's students meet in Cuba to study its rich artistic and architectural traditions. Dr. Wolfthal is investigating servants and slaves in Europe and its colonies as seen in images like this feast in the Très Riches Heures. Dr. Neagley’s project, “Virtual Rouen,” combines the use of new spatial technologies with 16th-century maps to model the medieval city. Dr. Leo Costello congratulates the department’s Ph.D. students on advancement to doctoral candidacy. Students examine installation art “hands on” in Rice Gallery. Art History students celebrate the opening of Soo Sunny’s Parks’ “Unwoven Light” in the Rice Gallery.  (photo: Ruby Yeh ’13.) For her research on urban history in Istanbul, Dr. Hamadeh examines many artistic media, including maps like this one by Constantinos Kalidis. Doctoral students Kyle, Melissa, and Olivia share their research at the fall SA/GSA Research Mixer. Professor Huang involves all the members of her Chinese Art and Visual Culture class in order to explore a work of art. Prof. Hopkins investigates shifting networks of sculpture, architecture, and urban design in his current book project, The Genesis of Roman Architecture. Professor Linda Neagley hikes along the medieval Via Podiensis pilgrimage trail with her students in May 2012. Dr. Costello's current project, Pictures of Nothing, considers eighteenth- and nineteenth-century depictions of nothingness and immateriality.

The Department of Art History consists of eleven full-time faculty members whose specializations include the art of Europe, China, and the Middle East, from ancient Rome through contemporary times. Each year our permanent faculty is enriched by visiting professors, including museum curators and postdoctoral fellows. We maintain close connections with Houston museums, especially the Menil Collection, Asian Society, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston where we offer paid internships that enable students to work with collections and curatorial staff. Our professors offer a breadth of methodologies, including more theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary cultural and historical inquiries, and hands-on investigation of artworks. We have a vibrant undergraduate major and also a doctoral program, now in its sixth year. Welcome to our website and our department.

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kgs_smallFrench newspaper reports on the dissertation research of Kyle Sweeney, a doctoral student in Rice University's art history program.
Kyle's work focuses on the Late Gothic architecture of the church of Notre-Dame in Louviers.


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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

ChadwickStephanie Chadwick
was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Writing Award to complete her thesis entitled "Disorienting Forms: Jean Dubuffet, Portraiture, Ethnography."

VenatorMelissa Venator
received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award for her project entitled "Light in the Arts of Weimar Germany."

WolfCaroline "Olivia" Wolf
Olivia Wolf was awarded a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award and the 2014-2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship to conduct research for her dissertation, "Isolated Monsters: Neocolonial Architecture, Immigrant Patronage: The Crafting of Transnational Identification in Modern Argentina, 1900-1940."


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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

SusanDr. Shih-shan Susan Huang
Shih-shan Susan Huang's book, Picturing the True Form: Daoist Visual Culture in Traditional China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2012), which is currently out of print, will be available in paperback edition in Spring 2015. Huang received the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholar Grant and the Rice Humanities Research Center Teaching Release fellowship in 2014-2015 to work on her book, First Impressions: Chinese Religious Woodcuts, 850-1450. This fall she will present her new researches at two international conferences: the Song Painting conference organized by the Zhejiang University Museum, and the Art, Archaeology and History conference co-organized by Fudan University and the Shaanxi Historical Museum. Huang's recent articles examine Daoist visual culture and Xi Xia Buddhist printed frontispieces; they appear in Palace Museum Research Quarterly, Zhejiang University Journal of Art and Archaeology, and edited volumes published by Rock Publishing (Taipei) and Brill (Leiden).

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