Art History

  • Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)
  • Art History Book Award Winners, 2014
  • Vatican (2006 Spring Break Trip)
  • Rome (2010 Spring Break Trip)
  • Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

Good art and good conversation at the Morrison art gallery

At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (Study Abroad Trip)

At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (Study Abroad Trip)

Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (Spring Break Trip)

Art History Book Award Winners, 2014

On tour at the Vatican (Spring Break Trip)

UMMers mercifully pardoned by Marcus Aurelius in Rome

Transfixed by art at the Morrison art gallery

Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

The Art History Discipline at Morris is rooted in the investigation of artists and their work, as well as the contexts and forces that shape them. By exploring the artworks and artifacts of other periods, you come face to face with other cultures and civilizations in a visual way. Art history offers the keys to unlock a mystifying artwork or a fascinating moment in history, combined with the rewards of examining some of the most beautiful creations ever made by human hands.

At Morris you get the advantages of both a close-knit department and a broad curriculum. Most classes are small, offering engaging dialogue and in-depth treatment of topics. The number and range of the course offerings and the expertise of the faculty at Morris are noteworthy. Specialized courses on are offered regularly such as:

  • African American art
  • Women artists
  • History of photography
  • Portraiture in the early modern period
  • Chinese art
  • Islamic art
  • Art of antiquity

Study abroad opportunities are not just available, they are strongly encouraged. The department organizes trips to Italy and Ireland, and Morris students have travelled to

  • Japan
  • England
  • Nepal
  • India
  • And more

The story of the world is embedded in its art. All great works of art, from the masterpieces of antiquity to the most cryptic contemporary works, reflect the time and place of their creation. Studying art history is like viewing the past through a unique lens and learning how it impacts the present.

Art History is distinct among liberal arts in that in addition to more common approaches such as historical, psychological, or social analysis, it also includes visual analysis. Politics, religion, literature, science, philosophy and history are all natural features of the terrain in art history, as are social issues ranging from gender and sexuality to class, race, and economics. The Art History Discipline at Morris examines all of these as part of the process of evaluating and learning from the art of the past.