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.

 


History of Art Events
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Professor David Cateforis has teamed up with Raechell Smith (MA '92), director of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, to organize the exhibition Making Histories, opening at the Artspace on Friday, February 6: http://www.kcai.edu/artspace/exhibitions/8501/making-histories The exhibition brochure features texts on the individual artists authored by the following KU art history students who participated in Prof. Cateforis's fall 2014 seminar, "Past Present: The Historical Turn in Contemporary Art": Andi Back, Matthew Hobart, Laura Minton, Allison Norris, Sadie Shillieto, and Meining Wang.
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KU welcomes President Obama Jan. 22, 2015, was a historic day on the Hill: President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas campus (http://bit.ly/POTUSatKU), the first sitting president to do so in a century. More than 7,000 people — including many students and faculty who had spent hours in line to get tickets for the event — packed inside KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion to hear the president speak. Welcomed by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little with “Barack Chalk, Jayhawk!” Obama told the gathering “I’m a Kansas guy,” because his mother was from Wichita and grandparents were from Augusta and El Dorado. In his 35-minute talk, the president discussed themes (see official White House transcript http://1.usa.gov/1yMWJqy) from his 2015 State of the Union address, including his goal to lower the cost of attending college.


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