Art History

The Department of Art History at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers four dynamic and broad-based degree programs—all with an interdisciplinary and global perspective—that equip students with the skills needed for a wide range of careers in a world where visual literacy is vitally important.

Guided by faculty members with diverse areas of expertise, Tyler Art History students have access to both the resources of one of the nation’s top art schools and Temple, a large research university. 


Vision for the Department: An Open and Public Statement
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the Department of Art History affirms that Black arts matter, the experiences of Black students in our classrooms matter, and studying Black art and culture matters. In the coming academic years, we are committed to making changes in order to center the art and culture of BIPOC communities, to work for an anti-racist and decolonial art history, and to make space for BIPOC students to feel welcome and included in our classrooms.

Faculty areas of research
In the past several years, the department has made hires that have expanded areas of research taught by tenure-track faculty. We will continue to center diversity in our faculty hires and to support a global perspective on Art History.

Regular opportunities to involve and listen to students
The department is developing both formal and informal fora for open communication and discussion with undergraduate and graduate students. We actively promote, recruit, and support diversity in the Art History student population.

Changes in the curriculum
The department is committed to constant review and revision of the overall curriculum and courses within the department, beginning with the introductory and General Education classes offered.

Faculty will continue to examine how their upper-level lectures and seminars can examine the intersection of art history with race, colonialism, and imperialism.

Faculty will continue to expand internship opportunities, articulating educational expectations and respectful working conditions governing the training and treatment of students. We will seek out hosts that demonstrate Tyler’s values of inclusion and equity. We will investigate funding so that internships are available to a wider range of students.

Pedagogy and training on diversity and inclusion for all faculty and students
The department is committed to anti-bias training with The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL).

The department is committed to hold seminars to discuss challenging experiences in the classroom, to read texts on anti-racism and decolonization in art history, and to host guest scholars committed to this work. These seminars are intended to open a space for greater transparency between faculty and students and for the community to continue learning how to decolonize the field.

Building and nurturing inter-departmental, cross-departmental, and university- wide relationships
We encourage all members of the Art History Department to attend programming and take classes in other departments on campus that are already doing work to address racial justice, such as the departments of Africology and African-American Studies, American Studies, History, Religious Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese.


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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • January 27, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Heather Raquel Phillips’ creates critical and celebratory disruptions that welcomes conversations about power, deviance, failure and desi...

  • February 03, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Henry Bermudez’s interest in the visual representations of cultures and mythologies have appeared in his work in varying forms during his...

  • February 10, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Hailing from Scotland, Michelle Millar Fisher has worked as an educator, curator and historian in US museums including the Museum of Mode...


  • Noah Randolph (PhD student, Art History) gives talks at two conferences

    Noah Randolph (MA 2020, PhD student) presented "On Site: An Unpacking of Rumors of War" at SECAC in December 2020 and will present "Continued Entanglements: Between Eq...

  • Erin Riley-Lopez (PhD student) presents at 2021 CAA Conference

    Erin Riley-Lopez will be presenting her paper, "Queering the Museum: Nayland Blake's Curatorial Practice" in the 2021 CAA Queer & Trans Caucus for Art's sponsored ...

  • Undergraduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Norman Levinson, Honorary Art History Alumnus

    May 28, 1931 - January 15, 2016 Norman Levinson was a passionate lover of art and art history. At the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, we remember him well for the eighty-four art history classes he took (yes, classes, not credits, and he had signed up for an eighty-fifth course this spring semester!). All of the faculty and numerous students enjoyed his enthusiasm, collegiality and knowledge. He exemplified what it means to live a life of the mind; our community is richer for his involvement in it, and he will be missed. Norm graduated from the University of the Arts (then Philadelphia College of Art) with a major in illustration, and leaves behind a substantial body of his own professional work - paintings, pastel drawings, and photography. He exhibited in various galleries around the city, including the Swan Gallery, The Chestnut Hill Gallery, The Carol Schwartz Gallery, and the Greater Norristown Art League.   More