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  • 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.

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  • Spotlight

    Our faculty, students, and alumni continue to progress the field of art history through their dedicated efforts on a local and global scale. 

  • Anti-Racism Statement

    The department's faculty has passed the Anti-Racism Statement developed by the department's Anti-Racism Committee. You can read the full statement here.


Digital Opening for Artifacts at the End of a Decade 2/25/21

February 23, 2021

The digital opening for the UMCA exhibition, Artifacts at the End of a Decade takes place this Thursday, February 25th, at 6:00pm. Co-curated from the UMCA collection by Jill Hughes, 2021 MA Art...

Gómez and Kurczynski Receive Mellon Foundation Grant

September 29, 2020

AMHERST, Mass. – The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $225,000 dollars to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative...

Recording of Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories Now Available

September 14, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9th, the department's Christine I. Ho and Karen Kurczynski participated in the semester's first CHI Salon through the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst...

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The Graduate Diversity Fellowship

The M.A. Program in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a two-year Diversity Fellowship to support students from historically underrepresented groups in the history of art and architecture. The purpose of the fellowship is to support an M.A. candidate who seeks to pursue an academic or professional career in art history, but faces significant historical or economic barriers to further graduate study. Applicants who are preparing to apply to the MA Program and wish to be considered for a Diversity Fellowship should indicate this in their personal statement, and provide a brief reasoning. Application deadline for Fall 2021 is January 15, 2021.

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