Department ofArt History
Historical + interpretive studies
A Humanities Major in the Arts
Students can major or minor in art history, pursue a minor in architectural history, or work toward earning a museum studies certificate. Students have the opportunity to hold internships or assistantships at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art, known particularly for its strong holdings in American, African American, and contemporary art.
Advanced studies with renowned scholars
Our M.A. and Ph.D. programs provide candidates with the opportunity to pursue advanced study directly with renowned scholars. The department’s faculty are internationally recognized scholars and critics known for their dedication to their students.
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News from A&A
Art History awarded grant to support research workshop
The Department of Art History has received a $20,000 grant from the Kress Foundation in support of a week-long graduate workshop that combines technical analysis, color science and art history.
Art History, IST faculty win NEH grant to use computer-aided image analysis
Chang Tan hosts virtual symposium and workshop
Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History, co-hosted with Laura Kina (University of DePaul) the a virtual symposium & workshop, "Remaking Worlds: The Geographical Imagination of Global Asias through ArtRead More
Associate Professor of Art History
William J. Dewey, associate professor of art history in the College of Arts and Architecture, curated the exhibition African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting featuring eighty-three objects by twentieth-century African artists from a variety of cultures across the continent. The works include carved and decorated wooden sculptures, natural fiber and beaded textiles, metalwork, and ceramic pots that represent household, community, and ritual practices. Accompanying the exhibition is is the Palmer Museum of Art’s first online catalogue complete with photos and 3D views of each object, essays by the curators, and interviews with Davis.
Dewey was also part of the curatorial team for “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths” at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, recently described in The New York Times as one of “three knockout art shows to see in Los Angeles right now.”
Visual Resources Centre
Palmer Museum of Art
Borland Project Space
Kimberly HenriksonB.A. in Art History
Kimberly Henrikson is executive director at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT) and president of the Print Club of New York. She is newsletter editor for the International Print Club Societies organization, and held a senior position at Artstor, where she managed training and support services for digital image licensing in higher ed and museum communities around the world.