The Ph.D. Program in Art History began in 1971, with the goal of producing scholars, teachers, museum personnel, art critics, and other professionals specializing in the history of modern and contemporary art and architecture, both European and American, from 1780 to the present, as well as art criticism and theory, while providing students with a general background in the history of art. Since the first Ph.D. was awarded in 1978, more than 330 students have completed the doctoral program.
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Alum Sooran Choi Directs Cross-Gender-Ethnic-Korean-Asian Studies Initiative
Alum Sooran Choi (Art History Ph.D. '18) has won a grant from the Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative at CUNY to direct a Cross-Gender-Ethnic-Korean-Asian Studies Initiative at Brooklyn College, where she teaches in the Art Department. As part of that initiative, she is running a symposium to foreground Korean studies while taking an intersectional approach to the subject. The symposium will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, online. More information can be found here.
Luisa Valle ('22) dissertation is honored
Luisa Valle who finished her dissertation in 2022, received an Honorable Mention from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for her dissertation "The Beehive, the Favela, the Castle, and the Ministry: Race and Modern Architecture in Rio de Janeiro, 1811 to 1945." Congrats to Luisa! All the LASA awards are listed here.
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Mr. and Mrs. Graham Bryce
Susan N. Chevlowe
Elizabeth C. Cromley
Susan H. Edwards
Ann and Arthur Grey Foundation
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Mary Anne Hunting
Professor Emerita Rose-Carol Long
Hayes Peter Mauro
Kevin D. Murphy and Ms. Mary Anne Caton
Caterina Y. Pierre
Jacqueline and Mr. Daniel P. Serwer
Stainman Family Foundation
Professor Emerita Judy Sund
Professor Emerita Sara and Dr. Albert Webster