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

Rice PhD candidate wins coveted position at one of the nation's premier museums.

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

Lectures, Openings & Events

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
The Limits of 'Universal' Heritage: Islam and the Preservation of the Past
Nineveh, Mosul, Palmyra. Few can forget the scenes of cultural heritage destruction that have marked ISIS’ reign of terror. ISIS claims they are following the will of the Prophet, who took a firm stance against idolatry. But history tells another tale.
Nov 10 to Nov 10 | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Founder's Room (Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 2nd Floor)
Talk by Alejandro Vergara, Senior Curator of Flemish and Northern European Paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado
Talk by Alejandro Vergara, Senior Curator of Flemish and Northern European Paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado
Jan 27 to Sep 16 | 4pm | Rice University