Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Picture Your World

Students and faculty members in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HA&A) explore global history, culture, and society through art and architecture from antiquity to the present day. Trained to celebrate cultural differences and the broad spectrum of human creativity and expression, art history students are natural ambassadors of pluralism and tolerance. Here, you’ll develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to help you become a true global citizen—ideally equipped to understand how historical events and concerns relate to important contemporary and international phenomena.


Engaged Faculty

students learn about artwork depicting the death of Buddha

two people inspect sculptural artifacts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Within our department's global and multicultural scope, you'll find a stimulating variety of individual faculty research interests. The department is especially well-known for its focus on the art and architecture of the Pacific Rim—the Americas and East Asia in particular—as well as the Mediterranean world. In addition to these regional foci, current research strengths include urbanism and architecture; modern and contemporary art; and museum, curatorial, and exhibition studies.


The Student Experience

Explore world history, culture, and society through art and architecture. Celebrate cultural differences and the colorful spectrum of human creativity and expression. Immerse yourself in object-based learning. Develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to become a true global citizen.

HA&A is the hub for the history, theory, and criticism of visual culture within the University of Oregon's College of Design. Students and faculty also maintain deep connections with the university's broad research community through long-standing collaborations with the museums and research units across campus.

Joyce Cheng's class visits the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

students look at America sign at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
 


Enrich Your Academic Experience

There are opportunities to learn in class, across campus, and around the world. Expand your horizons with study abroad programs or internships. Learn more about how to develop your critical skills related to art history. Develop your leadership and communication skills by joining a student organization. Get involved in the student-run annual art history symposium.


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Alumni Spotlight

Curator Danielle Knapp

A Curator for the Pacific Northwest

Danielle Knapp came to the College of Design to immerse herself in the work of Pacific Northwest artists, receiving an MA in Art History and graduate certificate in Museum Studies (’10). She is now the McCosh Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, where she recently curated Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational.

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Upcoming Events

Journey to the Third Dimension: Tom Cramer Drawings and Paintings 1977-2019
Oct16
Journey to the Third Dimension: Tom Cramer...Oct 16
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Naeemeh Naeemaei: Dreams of Extinction and Under the Earth, Over the Moon
Oct16
Naeemeh Naeemaei: Dreams of Extinction and Under...Oct 16
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
Oct16
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe Oct 16
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
The Road to Hell is Paved with Works-in-Progress: Writing and Editing for Academic Journals
Oct16
The Road to Hell is Paved with Works-in-Progress:...Oct 16
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
The Politics and Aesthetics of Climate Emergency
Oct17
The Politics and Aesthetics of Climate EmergencyOct 17
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
How the Arts are Addressing the Climate Crisis - an evening of discussion and performance
Oct29
How the Arts are Addressing the Climate Crisis -...Oct 29
7:00 p.m.
William W. Knight Law Center
Retelling the Myth of Princess Bari: Art of Yun Suk Nam
Oct30
Retelling the Myth of Princess Bari: Art of Yun...Oct 30
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Heaven on Earth: Justinian’s Hagia Sophia
Nov5
Heaven on Earth: Justinian’s Hagia SophiaNov 5
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Books by Design with Emily Eliza Scott
Nov13
Books by Design with Emily Eliza ScottNov 13
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Carved Alive: Tree-Icons in Japan and Arboreal Art History
Nov14
Carved Alive: Tree-Icons in Japan and Arboreal...Nov 14
5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Hall


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