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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 FinsFriday, October 17, 2014, 1:30-2:30pm
MFAH Law Bldg., Lower Level
Lecture: "Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art"
by Chelsea Dacus, current Rice Graduate Student (and Lead Curator for this show!)
Using examples from the exhibition Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art, Dacus explores the meanings of different animals to the cultures of the ancient Americas and the ways these meanings were expressed through art, allowing a window into the beliefs and practices of cultures long vanished.


mintersmallSaturday, February 7, 2015
Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor, Fondren Library

New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality:
Self, Family, and the Social

2015 Minter Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Society


WalkingWalks With the Ancients
This article spotlights  HART316/Anth346: Virtual Reconstruction of Historical Cities, a multi-disciplinary, project-based course co-taught this Spring by John Hopkins (Art History) and Jeff Fleisher (Anthropology)
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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

ClarkAllison Clark
was awarded the Frank Lee Barry, Jr. Award for excellence in Art History.

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

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

Costello SpotlightDr. Leo Costello
Leo Costello's book J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History was published in June 2012 by Ashgate Press. He is currently at work on several projects including essays for the upcoming history paintings exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Turner at the Sea show at the National Maritime Museum in London. He is also researching his next book, Pictures of the Nothing: Romantic Figurations of the Void.

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