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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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.


Sugata Ray

Dr. Sugata Ray will be joining the department in Fall 2016 as the new specialist in South Asian art history. Trained in both history (Presidency College; Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta) and art history (Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; University of Minnesota), Dr. Ray's research focuses on the intersections among early modern and colonial artistic cultures, transterritorial ecologies, and the natural environment.




Christina Michelon is a doctoral candidate in Art History with a specialization in American art, visual and material culture. Christina is the recipient of a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Predoctoral Fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her appointment is shared between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of American History. This twelve-month appointment will enable her to continue work on her dissertation "Interior Impressions: Printed Material in the Nineteenth-Century American Home."









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