The Art History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 1969 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.
Our faculty, students, and alumni continue to progress the field of art history through their dedicated efforts on a local and global scale.
October 30, 2019
On October 30th, M.A. Candidate Jill Hughes gave a guest lecture for English Ph.D Candidate Hayley Cotter's course "Books Without Reading, The Book in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance," in...
Professor Karen Kurczynski co-facilitates session on pedagogy at the University Museum of Contemporary Art
October 07, 2019
On Monday, Oct. 7, Professor Karen Kurczynski co-facilitated a session on pedagogy for the Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity Fellowship Program at the Center for Teaching in the...
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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.Continue reading about Professor Walter Denny