• 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.


Professor Laetitia La Follette was elected First Vice President of the Archaeological Institute of America

March 29, 2017

In January 2017, Associate Professor and Chair of the History of Art & Architecture Laetitia La Follette was elected First Vice President of the Archaeological Institute of America, the largest...

Assistant Professor Karen Kurczynski curated the exhibition Human Animals: The Art of Cobra

February 07, 2017

The exhibition Human Animals: The Art of Cobra, curated by Karen Kurczynski and organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, received positive accolades while on view at the University Museum of...

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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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