Ph.D. Program in Art History

Art History

The Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center is dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals.
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Ph.D. Program in Art History

The Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center is dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Art History

Full-time

Admissions Deadlines

January 1 for fall enrollment
(No spring enrollment)

Founded in 1971, the Ph.D. Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center is one of the foremost programs of its kind in the United States. Dedicated to the development of scholars, teachers, museum curators, art critics, and other arts professionals, our program provides students with a general background in the history of art to prepare them to serve their discipline and their communities in all areas of cultural endeavor.

In Fall 2019, we were awarded a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund New Initiatives in Curatorial Training, a five-year project in the Ph.D. Program in Art History that aims to enhance the diversity of curatorial training at the Graduate Center and ensure the sustainability of the initiative beyond the end of Mellon funding.

We are proud to have produced a robust network of alumni, many of whom hold senior positions at esteemed universities, museums, and cultural institutions across the country and abroad. For more information about our program, its faculty and students, as well as our alumni, please follow the links below.

Prof. Claire Bishop’s Fall 2021 Performing Research seminar did a Moving Rasas workshop with Andrew Suseno in Hudson River Park.

Our Program

Our doctoral program provides students with a general background in the history of art to prepare them to serve their discipline and their communities in all areas of cultural endeavor. Courses given at the Graduate Center cover the broad spectrum of the history of art; courses given at the senior colleges in their master’s degree programs are also open to doctoral students, as are courses given at universities within the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium.

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Faculty

The doctoral faculty consists of professors drawn from the Graduate Center and from the CUNY senior colleges. Courses given at the Graduate Center cover the broad spectrum of the history of art; courses given at the senior colleges in their master’s degree programs are also open to doctoral students, as are courses given at universities within the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium.

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Maura McCreight Art History - Photographic Archives of the Algerian War of Independence

Student Highlights

Find out more about our current doctoral students, their research interests, academic accomplishments, and professional careers. We work closely with our students to assist them with professional placement upon graduation. Many of our graduates hold prominent positions at cultural and educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

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Art History Announcements

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May 10, 2022

Art History Student Has Award-Winning Exhibition Catalogue

Nina Stritzler-Levine, a student in the GC Art History program, has received the Society of Architectural Historians' Exhibition Catalogue Award for 2022 for her catalogue Eileen Gray, which she coedited with Cloe Pitiot, Bard Graduate Center, 2020. The book also won the DAM Architectural Book award and a design award from AIGA the professional design association.

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May 10, 2022

Art History Student Named a Winner of the 2022-23 Rome Prize

Saskia Verlaan, a doctoral student in the GC Art History program, has been named a winner of the 2022-23 Rome Prize, presented by the American Academy in Rome.

These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Verlaan will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, starting in September 2022.

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Program News

Students participate in a Risograph workshop on Governor’s Island (and created a zine in class!) in the Fall 2021

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Jennifer Ball

Executive Officer and Professor, Art History; Professor, Medieval Studies

Marilyn Mercado

Assistant Program Officer, Art History