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.


History of Art Events
The summer adventures of KU HA faculty, part 1: Kudos to Prof. Cateforis, whose edited book "Rethinking Andrew Wyeth" was published in June: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520280298

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
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