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

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 fifth year. Welcome to our new website and our department.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

washington_tn Professor Joseph Manca's latest book, “George Washington’s Eye: Landscape, Architecture and Design at Mount Vernon," has been awarded the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2014. more >>


More News and Events »

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

AcıkgozÜmit Fırat Açıkgöz
received the Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Travelling Fellowship for dissertation research in Turkey.

StewartWhitney Stewart
was awarded the Jameson Fellowship for American Decorative Arts.

MooreNikki Moore
was awarded a Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship to conduct research in Argentina.


All Student Spotlights »

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Wolfthal SpotlightDr. Diane Wolfthal
This past summer Diane Wolfthal accepted an invitation to speak at a conference on the Jewish book at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She also was invited to serve as a Museum Scholar at the J. Paul Getty Institute from April through June. This September she was invited to speak at Duke University at the conference "Medieval Masculinities," where she will present the paper, "When did servants become men?" Professor Wolfthal has been invited to present a talk in the conference on "Trauma and History" this Spring at UT-Austin. Her talk will explore Christian responses to two medieval atrocities against Jews.

All Faculty Spotlights »