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    The Art History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 1970 within the Department of Art. In 2014, the Program became the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. It is the only program at a public institution in New England that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field. Our emphasis is on the cultures of Western Europe, North America, Islam, and East Asia.

  • Interested in an Art History major?

    With its broad emphasis on culture and history and its focus on writing, analysis, and research, History of Art and Architecture provides an excellent liberal arts degree for students seeking flexible but rigorous training for a variety of careers.

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    Founded in 1969, the M.A. Program is the only graduate degree program in the field at a public university in New England.

Karen Kurczynski at "Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival"

Mar 04, 2015

Learn more about Professor Kurczynski’s work in this video, "Three Researchers, One Asger Jorn," short educational video produced by the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 2014. "Why is Asger Jo...

MASS MoCA Review

Mar 04, 2015

College of Humanities and Fine Arts 2015 Senior Leadership Award recipient, Jacob Liverman, had the opportunity to intern at MASS MoCA during the summer of 2014. Below is his account of his experie...

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Professor Walter Denny

Walter B. Denny, Distinguished Professor, joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst Art History Program in 1970. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, Islamic imagery in European art, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art.

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