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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.

    For more information on the activity of the department, current students, and alumni, check out our annual Newsletters here!

  • 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.

    Apply to the M.A. Program now!

    For more information on the activity of the department, current students, and alumni, check out our annual Newsletters here!

  • 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.

  • Catch us in the UMass News!

    History of Art & Architecture members were featured in the University News for their work on the Spring 2022 Graduate Student Curatorial Exhibition. 


Exhibition: Weaving at Black Mountain College

November 17, 2023

On view now until January 6, 2024! Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: "Weaving at Black Mountain College: Anni Albers, Trude Guermonprez, and Their Students"

In Collecting 101, UMass Amherst students learn inner workings of museum acquisition

November 13, 2023

Collecting 101 students recently took a field trip to Boston to visit Newbury Street art galleries and the ICA’s permanent collection

Rooms of their own: New exhibit at Springfield Museums celebrates 200-plus years of work by a broad range of women artists

November 07, 2023

Maggie North (UMass MA '20) co-curated the exhibition "As They Saw It: Women Artists Then & Now" on view at the Springfield Museums.

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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 is on January 15.

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