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

  • October 28, 2020
  • 6:00pm

Attention Tyler and Temple students: Emma Nishimura’s work ranges from traditional etchings, archival pigment prints, drawings and audio ...

  • October 29, 2020
  • 4:30pm

Creative producer and engagement strategist Geoffrey Jackson Scott is co-founder and creative director of Peoplmovr—a creative studio spe...

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • October 28, 2020
  • 6:00pm

Attention Tyler and Temple students: Emma Nishimura’s work ranges from traditional etchings, archival pigment prints, drawings and audio ...

  • October 29, 2020
  • 4:30pm

Creative producer and engagement strategist Geoffrey Jackson Scott is co-founder and creative director of Peoplmovr—a creative studio spe...

News

  • New online art history resource, featuring Dr Emily Neumeier

    Be sure to check out the new free art history resource, Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online.   And be sure to listen to Dr Emily Neumeier presentation on The Painting...

  • Alison Printz (PhD candidate) completes a commission and has an exhibition

    Ali Printz has completed a 21' by 17' mural in Thomas, West Virginia, called Carrie Williams: Saint of Coketon, in honor of a little-known early civil rights Supreme C...

  • Marlise Brown (AH PhD candidate) writes for SmartHistory

    Marlise Brown (PhD candidate, AH) has authored "Architecture in 18th-century Germany" for SmartHistory. Check it out here: https://smarthistory.org/architecture-18th-c...

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    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