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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.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fangs, Feathers and FinsThe power of ‘fangs, feathers and fins’
 Rice art history Ph.D. student Chelsea Dacus opens window on long-vanished cultures

 Rice News interview with Dacus


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

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

HarmeyerRachel Harmeyer
joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall after recently completing her MA in Art History at the University of Houston.

SweeneyKyle G. Sweeney
was appointed to the ICMA Student Committee this spring and presented a paper entitled “Flamboyant Fantasies: Architecture and Ornament in Late Gothic Normandy" at the Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference in Austin in March.


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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Hamadeh SpotlightDr. Shirine Hamadeh
Dr. Shirine Hamadeh has been awarded a one-month Chaire at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and will give 4 lectures in Paris next year. 

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