Located in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, faculty work closely with curators at both the Spencer Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, giving students firsthand access to an exceptional range of American, Asian, European, Latin American and African objects. Graduate students have opportunities to work as curatorial, educational, and collections interns within the Spencer Museum.

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

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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Congratulations to Prof. Sherry Fowler and the students in her fall 2014 history of art seminar “Sacred Space and Japanese Art” on the launch of their online exhibition: http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/sacred-space.shtml All the works in the exhibition come from the Spencer Museum of Art collection, with the exception of four prints borrowed from a private collection. Beyond the online component of this exhibition, students presented on their individual selections, which were on display throughout the Museum on October 28, 2014. The class would like to thank Spencer Museum of Art staff members Kate Meyer, assistant curator, works on paper; Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon director of academic programs; William Hopkins, web developer; Janet Dreiling, assistant director for collections, Elizabeth Kanost, communications coordinator, and the anonymous private collector for their kind assistance with the exhibition and website.
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Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”

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