The Department of Art History at Rice is a place where images, architecture, and works of art are examined with open minds and attentive eyes. Our core faculty includes experts in the art and architecture of the Americas, Asia, and Europe, spanning from antiquity through contemporary times. Across these diverse fields, we look beyond categories of period and style to ask essential questions about what images, built structures, and works of art do, and what we do with them in turn.

What is a work of art?  Why have human beings, throughout history, found the need to make and destroy images and monuments? And how do new technologies—from concrete vaulting to oil paint to cinema to jpegs—change the nature and function of spaces and pictures in our lives? These are some of the questions we ask in our teaching and research, and which we invite you to explore with us.

Recent News

Congratulations to Prof. John Hopkins who was awarded the 2017 Gustave O. Arlt Award by the Council of Graduate Schools

The HART in the World: RIO program and student exhibition was featured in Rice News

Congratulations to Prof. Shih-shan Susan Huang on the release of her co-edited publication "Visual and Material Cultures in Middle Period China"

Lectures, Openings & Events

Brown Bag Talk: Sebastian Schmidt, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University
Event is limited to Art History faculty and graduate students.
Jan 19 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Herring Hall, Room 126
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series: Kellie Jones, Columbia University
Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University, will deliver the second lecture in the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series
Mar 1 | 4:00pm | TBD
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series: Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, University of California, Berkeley
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the History of Art Department at University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the third lecture of 2017-2018 in the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series
Apr 13 | 4pm | Location TBD