The Department of Art History consists of eleven faculty members whose specializations include the art of the Americas, Asia, and Europe, 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

The Department of Art History’s third recipient of the Ph.D. will create virtual models of late medieval cities as part of the Mellon-funded Spatial Humanities Initiative

Caroline "Olivia" Wolf, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History, has been awarded the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship for completion of her dissertation.

Diane Wolfthal, the David and Caroline Minter Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History, receives Rice University's GSA Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award

Lectures, Openings & Events

Vital Constitutions: The Appearance of “Health” in History
Rice University’s Department of Art History is delighted to introduce its inaugural graduate conference, Vital Constitutions, which seeks to problematize the nature of “health.”
Oct 13 to Oct 14 | Location TBD
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series: Dr. Robert Nelson, Yale University
** NEW DATE ** Robert Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor in the History of Art at Yale University, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series
Oct 27 | 5:00pm | Location TBD
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series: Dr. 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
Nov 16 | 5:00pm | Location TBD