University of Minnesota
Department of Art History

The Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota takes seriously its role in preparing students to face the contradictory demands of an ever more visual culture, and educating them in art history, theory, and criticism.

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Matthew P. Canepa

Matthew P. Canepa has been appointed Directeur d'etudes invite at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-Paris, where he will give a cycle of four lectures on the theme, "Les cultures visuelles et spatiales du pouvoir en I'Iran entre Alexandre et I'Islam" May-June 2016.



Nikki Otten is a doctoral candidate in Art History with a specialization in Nineteenth- and early twentieth- century art. She has been selected for an IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealers Association) Curatorial Internship in Prints at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA this summer. Nikki will be organizing and cataloguing their collection, as well as curating an exhibition from their holdings.


Kate Heller

Kate Heller, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in May 2015, has been offered a Barbato Fellowship for graduate study at Case Western Reserve University along with the Cleveland Museum of Art Curatorial (CMA) Fellowship for which she will be placed in a curatorial department at the CMA.











For Students


The recently established Weisberg Curatorial Fellowship has a central role in preparing students (undergraduate and graduate students) for career readiness and success as leaders across the world. This fellowship ensures that students who are interested in curatorial and museum careers will gain crucial experience and expertise in such settings. The Weisberg Curatorial Fellowship is an integral part of the department's mission to offer a scholarly, professional education and training in art history. A student must have a well prepared project with an area museum in order to be selected for this grant. The department hopes to offer the first award in Spring of 2017.

Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC)

WEC Writing Plan

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Directed Studies

Independent and directed studies are offered, as well as museum and gallery internships.


The Art History Undergraduate Association (AHUGA), 374 Heller Hall, meets regularly and plans various activities.




Weisman Art Museum

Now on view:
The Youth/Dhallinyarada
Through February 9, 2014

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Walker Art Center