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.
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.
Founded in 1969, the M.A. Program is the only graduate degree program in the field at a public university in New England.
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...
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.
University Museum of Contemporary Art
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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.More >