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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We invite you to visit us and learn more about our world-class programs.


Success Stories

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

Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
Apr21
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe Apr 21
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Caspar David Friedrich’s Transparent Paintings: From Optics to Natural History - Nina Amstutz
Apr24
Caspar David Friedrich’s Transparent Paintings:...Apr 24
11:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Gambling and Cheating in the Age of Caravaggio
Apr29
Gambling and Cheating in the Age of CaravaggioApr 29
5:00 p.m.
Lillis Business Complex
In Flux: A Night of Performance Art
May1
In Flux: A Night of Performance ArtMay 1
5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: The Human Figure
May4
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: The Human FigureMay 4
2:00 p.m.
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Asian-Greek Identity on the Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar at Pergamon - Kristen Seaman
May8
Asian-Greek Identity on the Telephos Frieze from...May 8
11:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Philip Haas: Sculpture Breathes Life into Painting & Music
May11
Philip Haas: Sculpture Breathes Life into...May 11
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Curator’s Talk: Distillation Technology and Drinking in Seventeenth-Century Europe
May15
Curator’s Talk: Distillation Technology and...May 15
5:30 p.m.
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The Common Thread Opening Reception and Curator’s Tour
May16
The Common Thread Opening Reception and...May 16
5:00 p.m.
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Resurrecting the Dead: Contemporary Critiques of Edward S. Curtis and Frank Matsura's Photographic Legacies
May18
Resurrecting the Dead: Contemporary Critiques of...May 18
2:00 p.m.
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Brothels and Prostitution at Pompeii - Sarah Levin-Richardson
May23
Brothels and Prostitution at Pompeii - Sarah...May 23
6:00 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room - University of Oregon
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
May31
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception May 31
5:00 p.m.
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