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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 FinsThe power of ‘fangs, feathers and fins’
 Rice art history Ph.D. student Chelsea Dacus opens window on long-vanished cultures

 Rice News interview with Dacus


kgs_smallFrench newspaper reports on the dissertation research of Kyle Sweeney, a doctoral student in Rice University's art history program.
Kyle's work focuses on the Late Gothic architecture of the church of Notre-Dame in Louviers.


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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

MooreNikki Moore
was selected as one of the 15 young researchers from across the world for the 2015-2016 Intercontinental Academia, organized by UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies). This edition of the Intercontinental Academia will start later this spring with a workshop at the University of São Paulo's IAS in Brazil and will end at the University of Nagoya's IAS in Japan during the spring of 2016. Nikki will be fully funded by UBIAS to participate in these workshops in Brazil and Japan.

HarmeyerRachel Harmeyer
joins the Rice Ph.D. program this fall after recently completing her MA in Art History at the University of Houston.

ZavistovskiKatia Zavistovski
received the Robert Lowry Patten Award from the Rice GSA for her service and achievement on behalf of graduate students.  Katia also received a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award.


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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

John HopkinsDr. John Hopkins
John Hopkins recently published two articles on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome that explain how Romans built such a colossal building so early in their history--even before the Parthenon in Athens--and how its size, image and sophistication effected the history of Roman temple design over the longue durée. In the Spring of 2013 he spoke at Harvard University on his current book project, a study of Rome's earliest architecture and its effects on the history of Roman art, architecture and Republican society. For the Fall of 2013 he has been invited to lead discussion on urbanism in early Rome and give a talk on the transition between monarchy and Republic at Tarquinius Superbus: A Paradigm Shift, an international conference held in Rome at the Royal Netherlands Institute and British School at Rome.

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