Welcome to the Department of Art History, part of the Center for the Arts at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. We are located in a new, cutting-edge facility in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Philadelphia and close to major urban centers throughout the Northeast.
Our mission is to educate students on the graduate and undergraduate levels about visual culture and its history, to foster scholarly research and advance knowledge in the discipline, and to function as a resource of expertise to the University, the region and beyond. The Department offers a variety of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches. Our goal is to equip students with strong skills in a world in which visual literacy is of great importance, and on-site learning at local and regional museums is key to instruction. Students can broaden their education at one of Temple’s international programs, especially those in Rome and Japan, which offer a range of Art History classes. As part of the Center for the Arts and Tyler School of Art, which includes the Temple Contemporary art gallery, we promote dynamic interactions between artistic, critical, curatorial, and scholarly practice. This education is designed to foster a life-long interest in, sensitivity to, and appreciation of the significance of artistic production as a fundamental historical and cultural form of human expression and communication. As part of our mission, our students regularly receive internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other regional museums and galleries.
Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards (Lindback and Great Teacher), research awards (Creative Achievement and Provost’s Awards), and professorships (Carnell). Faculty have won major prizes from the American Association of Italian Studies, Archaeological Institute of America, College Art Association, and Renaissance Society of America. Faculty fellowships and grants include the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies; American Research Center in Egypt; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Dumbarton Oaks; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Fulbright Program; Getty Trust; Guggenheim Foundation; Villa I Tatti (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence); Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Institute for Aegean Prehistory; Kress Foundation; Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the United States Agency for International Development.
Our graduate students have won major University fellowships and have received outside support from the American Academy in Rome; American School of Classical Studies in Athens; American Research Council in Egypt; Barra Foundation/McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Fulbright Commission; Getty Trust; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Huntingdon; International Center for Medieval Art; Kress Foundation; Luce/American Council of Learned Societies; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Newberry Library and Smithsonian. Many work as curators, teachers, and administrators in the arts (see Alumni pages). Undergraduates have been granted awards from Temple University as the Diamond Peer Teacher Program; Diamond Research Scholars Program; Library Prize; Research/Creative Projects and Travel; the Research Forum/Creative Works Symposium and Temple University Rome Study Abroad. Many have gone on to graduate school and work in arts-related areas (see Alumni pages).