The History of Art Department offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in European, American, East Asian, and African art on a regular basis.

Faculty work closely with curators at both the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas and The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, giving students firsthand access to an exceptional range of American, Asian, European, Latin American and African objects. Graduate students frequently plan and carry out exhibitions in the Spencer Museum and have opportunities to work as curatorial interns.

All of the works of art reproduced on this site are in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art. For information about these works you may visit the Spencer Museum collection page on their website.

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Exciting changes!
Spencer Museum unveils designs for first-phase renovations /
This rendering shows the expanded lobby and glass‐encased entry in the first phase of the Spencer Museum of Art renovations. Image courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

#KUtbt to 1865 to Chancellor R.W. Oliver, the very first leader of KU.
Kansas water: Focus of KU's 2014 Mini Wheat State Tour About 55 KU unclassified employees hit the road May 30 for the seventh annual Mini Wheat State Whirlwind Tour (, taking a chartered bus to several eastern Kansas sites to focus on critical threats to one of the state's most vital natural resources: water. The KU Unclassified Senate ( ), and the Kansas Biological Survey ( sponsored the daylong tour. The first stop was to learn about the problems faced by communities dependent on water from the imperiled John Redmond Reservoir ( Built in 1968 in Coffey County near Burlington, the lake is nearly 45 percent filled with sediment. The staffers heard from scientists, including those from KU's Kansas Geological Survey (, about solutions to meet the water needs of those who depend on the threatened federal reservoir. For lunch, the tour group traveled to Cottonwood Falls (, where they lunched at the Grand Grill in the downtown's historic Grand Central Hotel. They were also free to visit the area's attractions, including the Chase County Courthouse, and the Chase County Historical Museum. In the afternoon, the Mini Wheat State Tour went to the nearly 11,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ( in Chase County, where they saw one of the last remnants of tallgrass prairie in the United States. The tour returned to Lawrence via the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway (

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