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 includes access to millions of digital images via ARTstor
Temple’s 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

Lecture Series and Seminars


  • Marcia B. Hall’s new book explores the “Power of Color”

    After five years of research, Marcia B. Hall’s latest exploration of color in European painting is here. Yale University Press has published The Power of Color: Five C...

  • Marlise Brown (PhD candidate, Art History) selected to participate in the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice

    The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) hosts the seminar, which will be held this summer (2019) in New York. It is a two-week intensive program where participants ...

  • Elizabeth Duntemann (PhD Candidate, Art History) awarded the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Grant, 2019-2020

    Elizabeth Duntemann (PhD Candidate, Art HIstory) has been awarded a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Grant to support nine months of dissertation research in ...

  • 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

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    Tyler students who have won Student Fulbright grants from left to right: Elizabeth Rose, Marlise Brown and Will Schwaller.

    Tyler students awarded Fulbright grants

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    Eight of the Tyler School of Art's 15 new faculty members for 2018-19

    Tyler welcomes new faculty members

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