Department of Art & Art History

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Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777
Art History: José de Alcíbar, Sor María Ignacia de la Sangre de Cristo, 1777

MA in Art History

The Program gives students an interdisciplinary foundation in the history of art to prepare them for careers as scholars, museum professionals, and related creative professions in the history of art. Its main objective – through graduate seminars, teaching opportunities, museum internships, and scholarly fieldwork – is to foster critical thinking about contemporary and historical forms of art as well as visual and material culture. Students develop their specialized interests from a combination of individual mentoring and collaborative approaches to intellectual inquiry. We offer a supportive environment committed to debate and experimentation applicable to a variety of career choices, Graduates typically regard their two years in our Masters program as a formative period of intellectual growth and professional experience.

The diverse Art History faculty offers a constantly changing curriculum of seminar topics geared to their current research, and a strong foundation in critical historiography and contemporary critical theory. Students in our interdisciplinary program also take advantage of exciting course offerings in cultural Anthropology, Classics, History, a wide range of Literature programs, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Art Practices, and new Media.

Our intimate atmosphere offers exceptional opportunities to work with permanent faculty and distinguished art historians from other institutions through our Visiting Scholars program. This longstanding feature of our graduate curriculum brings four to six leading scholars to campus every year to present their current work in a graduate seminar, public lecture, and informal events.

The Boulder-Denver area is home to a growing art economy with rich museum collections including exceptional holdings of Precolumbian art, Colonial Art of the Americas, Asian art, and Contemporary art. The region boasts a beautiful natural setting in a mild climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year.

Areas of Specialization Include: Medieval Art, Renaissance Art and Art Theory, Modern Art, Latin American, Contemporary Art and Architecture, Critical Theory

Application Information

Area Faculty

Deborah Haynes

Deborah Haynes

Art History
Kira van Lil

Kira van Lil

Art History
Robert Nauman

Robert Nauman

Art History
Claire Farago

Claire Farago

Art History
James Córdova

James Córdova

Art History
Kirk Ambrose

Kirk Ambrose

Department Chair
Art History
Albert Alhadeff

Albert Alhadeff

Art History
Marilyn Brown

Marilyn Brown

Art History