The Art History program encourages students to analyze art within many contexts, including historical, intellectual, political, social, and stylistic. In addition to examining diverse methodologies, introductory and upper division courses cover artistic production from a wide range of cultures and periods. A wide range of topics are taught including Western art and architecture—Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary—and the art and architecture of Asia and the Americas (Colonial, Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Post-Colonial).
All courses encourage students to develop skills in oral and written communication, as well as critical thinking. Courses further prepare students for independent research on original works and art, often making use of local collections, such as the Denver Art Museum.
Our graduate program equips students with a solid historical and theoretical foundation. Many of our graduates obtain jobs in museums or continue on to top Ph.D. programs across the country. A fundamental component of the graduate curriculum is the Visiting Scholar Program. Each academic year, three to five highly regarded art historians and critics participate in the Department’s Visiting Scholar Seminar, presenting a public lecture on their research and scholarly work, and working closely with graduate students in art history.
Art history resources at the University of Colorado include the Art and Architecture Collection in Norlin Library and two collections housed in the Art and Art History Department building: CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection (comprising some 6,000 works of art) and the Visual Resources Center. The latter provides and facilitate access to images, imaging, and related information resources for teaching and research. This includes resources, training, and support in digital imaging and image presentation software; a departmental image collection and support for other important image resources such as Artstor; and equipment for use in creative work, documentation, and classrooms within the department.