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

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

Diane Wolfthal will give the Distinguished Scholar Lecture at American University in Spring 2017

Lectures, Openings & Events

"Why People Kissed and Rubbed Their Manuscripts"
Public talk by Medieval Studies scholar Dr. Katy Rudy, University of St. Andrews
Sep 6 | 4-5pm | TBD
Collaborative Futures for Museum Collections: Antiquities, Provenance and Cultural Heritage
This conference will explore how open collaboration between museums and scholars can shed new light on challenges that face art historians, archaeologists and museum professionals in a new era of cultural stewardship.  
Oct 17 to Oct 19 | The Menil Collection and Rice University