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


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Lecture Series and Seminars


  • Leah Modigliani's book reviewed by RACAR

    Leah Modigliani, head of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Visual Studies Program, had her recent book, Engendering an Avant-Garde: The Unsettled Landscapes o...

  • International Journal of Islamic Architecture, where Tyler's Emily Neumeier is assistant editor, wins award

    The International Journal of Islamic Architecture, where Tyler art history faculty Emily Neumeier has been serving as an assistant editor, is the 2019 winner of the Mo...

  • Jessica Sternbach (AH PhD candidate) researches abroad (summer 2019)

    Jessica Sternbach traveled to London, Amsterdam, Leiden and the Hague to research Dutch 17th –century songbooks and instruments, for her dissertation research.  She wa...

  • 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