The Department of Art History consists of eleven faculty members whose specializations include the art of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, from antiquity through contemporary times. We are a methodologically and theoretically diverse department, and each year our permanent faculty is enriched with numerous affiliated and visiting professors, including museum curators and postdoctoral fellows.

Recent News

Rice PhD candidate wins coveted position at one of the nation's premier museums.

In May, Students immersed themselves in the art, architecture, archaeology, museums and neighborhoods of Rome via an experiential art history course that traced the city’s mythical beginnings to modern times.

Harvard Art Museums selects Rice student for Bauhaus centennial project

Lectures, Openings & Events

Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture
Seamless: Brownbag presentation by Jesús Vassallo
Oct 21 | 12 pm | Herring Hall Room 126
Screening: The Destruction of Memory
Screening of the film followed by Q&A with film director, Tim Slade, and Rice cultural heritage faculty
Oct 27 | 7:00 PM | Rice Cinema
The Limits of 'Universal' Heritage: Islam and the Preservation of the Past
Nineveh, Mosul, Palmyra. Few can forget the scenes of cultural heritage destruction that have marked ISIS’ reign of terror. ISIS claims they are following the will of the Prophet, who took a firm stance against idolatry. But history tells another tale.
Nov 10 | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Founder's Room (Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 2nd Floor)