• About Us

    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.

  • Graduate Studies

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


Gallery Talk: Intimate Looking in Sculpture from Auguste Renoir to Niki de Saint Phalle

October 18, 2017

Gülru Çakmak, Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century European Art at UMass and Guest Curator of A Very Long Engagement: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and Its Afterlives, will discuss her...

Alumni Maureen McVeigh MacLure's article published in Rutgers Art Review

September 18, 2017

Maureen McVeigh MacLure's article entitled "The Allure of Artifice: Titian's Half-Lengths and the Courtesan as Masquerader" is now available online in this year's edition of Rutgers Art Review. 

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5 Takes on African Art/ 42 Flags Exhibition Opening

University Museum of Contemporary Art
4:30 pm


Gallery Talk at Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
5:45 pm

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Faculty Profile

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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