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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. 


Prof. Schmitter publishes on hidden Caravaggio ceiling painting

March 21, 2023

Would you recognize a Caravaggio on the spot? Prof. Monika Schmitter recently encountered a rare ceiling painting by the "rebel artist" when visiting the Villa Aurora in Rome, Italy. Follow this...

Professor Nelson Named as Spotlight Scholar

February 13, 2023

Each year, the University accepts nominations for Spotlight Scholars; faculty working for positive social change through research, scholarship, and creative activity. We are beyond excited to...

Professor Çakmak Appointed Editor of H-France Salon

January 30, 2023

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Çakmak on her new appointment! ...

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Artist Class Visit: Juana Valdés

South College E245
10:00 am


Artist Class Visit: Colectivo Moriviví

South College E245
11:30 am


Class Visit: Kimberly Newberry

South College E245
10:00 am


Symposium: The Materials of Medieval Art

Integrative Learning Center N101
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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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.

Apply to the Graduate Program

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