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

The Department of Art History invites applications for a two-year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology.

Prof. Joseph Manca's book "George Washington's Eye" won a John Staub Award for 2015, given by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Texas Chapter, for promoting excellence in both classical and vernacular traditions.

Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, seeks submissions for its 15th annual meeting at Rice. The conference is co-directed by HART Ph.D. candidates Kyle G. Sweeney and Carolyn Van Wingerden.

Lectures, Openings & Events

Treasures from Islamic Lands: The al-Sabah and MFAH Collections
MFAH Curator and HART visiting professor, Aimée Froom, takes a closer look at multi-layered conversations between works of art sparked by having these two collections on view at the same time.
Oct 10, 4:00pm | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Caroline Wiess Law Building, Lower Level
Prof. Morgan Kersel Lecture - "Lessons from Looting: People, Pots, and Planes at the Dead Sea, Jordan"
Prof Morgan Kersel will speak on looting at the Dead Sea Plain and advanced research into tracking and studying archaeological objects
Oct 15, 12:00pm | Sewall Hall 570
Fall Exhibition: HART in Istanbul
Istanbul, the city and its history: An exhibition
Oct 23, 5:00pm | Herring gallery walkway