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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Undergraduate students Sarah Brewer and Monika Hetzler have been awarded Puffer Scholarships for International Travel.

Sarah Brewer is from Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago. When she was little, her family put an emphasis on art and they always visited art museums when they traveled. When she got to the University of Minnesota she decided to make Art History one of her majors because she wanted to keep art in her life. She is very excited to be studying at the University of Glasgow this spring. She chose this program because the University of Glasgow has the top art history program in the UK, and because the city of Glasgow itself looks like a great place to live (and they pretty much have fall weather year-round there). She is an Honors student at the University of Minnesota studying English as well as Art History, and she also works at the James Bell Library.

Monika Hetzler is a junior from Madison, Wisconsin. She loves learning about the continuing affect art has on culture and society, which is why she is an Art History major. During her free time she co-hosts the international music show for Radio K and curates art and music shows with her friends. She is very excited and honored to be a recipient of the Puffer Scholarship. She hopes through her travels in Florence to experience hands-on how the classical art of Italy has influenced modern art movements locally in Florence as well as in America.


DeAnn Dankowski

The Art History Department is saddened by the news of DeAnn Dankowski’s recent death at the age of 51. A former student in the graduate program, Dankowski was an advisee of Professor Weisberg’s and wrote her Masters paper on “Social Reform Through Art: Victor Horta and the Maison du Peuple.” After receiving her MA in 1990, she worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for 23 years. Her museum career began with work as a Production Coordinator in the Design and Editorial Services Department. She went on to serve as a Permissions Coordinator in the Curatorial division and as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Photography and New Media Department. Our sincere condolences go out to her loving family and many dear friends.

Read the Star Tribune Obituary



Parisa Atighi Moghadam, graduate student in Art History, is the recipient of an award from the Carol E. Machpherson Memorial Scholarship. She will be recognized at the annual Celebrating University Women Awards Program.




For Students

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