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Students in the 2019 course, "Making American Art," study historic photographs from the Shipley-Bringhurst-Hargraves collection, which is housed in Morris Library Special Collections. (Photograph by Cory Budden)

The Department of Art History at the University of Delaware is dedicated to education and research in the history of the visual arts. Internationally recognized for their authoritative and often groundbreaking scholarship, our faculty members are equally dedicated to teaching, having garnered accolades and awards both within and beyond the University community.

Our program pioneered the study of American art and architecture and continues to enjoy a distinguished reputation in this specialty. A unique constellation of programs bolsters this focus, including the Art Conservation department and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Students routinely make use of important resources, both on campus, such as the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art, and beyond, including the Winterthur Museum and Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The faculty and related course offerings have expanded to include the material and aesthetic cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean, the Americas, and various diasporas and transnational currents, from antiquity to modern and contemporary periods.

In addition to serving Art History majors and minors, we welcome students seeking to develop double majors. Many of our graduates find their way to careers in higher education, museums and other cultural institutions and, with the visual and critical skills of an Art History education, a wide range of other professions as well.

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  • Department of Art History
  • University of Delaware
  • 318 Old College
  • Newark, DE 19716 USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8415
  • arthistory@udel.edu