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 (including new digital technologies), 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. Students take full advantage of the research and professional opportunities opened up by Tyler’s location in Philadelphia, a vibrant center of art, culture and history strategically situated near New York and Washington, D.C.


  • Tyler’s exhibitions and public programs space, Temple Contemporary, offers opportunities to observe curatorial practice
  • Art history students study side-by-side with artists and designers, allowing them to witness the creative process up close
  • State-of-the-art digital resources in our Visual Resources Center includes access to millions of digital images via ARTstor
  • Temple’s Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars' Studio (formerly the Digital Scholarship Center) provides a space for collaborative work and individual research, offering technology for textual analysis, working with big data, working in and creating 3-D spaces, geospatial technology, games, visualizations and more
  • Lecture programs and symposia bring leading art historians, artists and theoreticians to Tyler; university-wide programming offers access to scholars across every discipline and field


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Upcoming Events


  • Bethany Farrell (PhD candidate) awarded NEH-CARES grant

    Bethany Farrell, Department of Art History PhD Candidate, will continue her fellowship at American Philosophical Society Library & Museum through a NEH CARES Grant...

  • Alison Printz (PhD candidate) published in Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art

    Ali's article, "The Modernist Appalachian Aesthetic: The Art of Patty Willis can be found in the Spring 2020 (vol. 6.1) edition. It grew out of a seminar paper she dev...

  • Marina Mandrikova awarded AISEES (American Institute for Southeast European Studies) fellowship for 2020-2021

    Marina (PhD candidate, Art History) will be using the funding to conduct fieldwork necessary for her dissertation research. In particular, she will now be supported fo...

  • 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