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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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Sheila J. McNally

Sheila J. McNally, Professor Emerita of Art History, passed away in Minneapolis on September 24, 2014, at the age of eighty-one.

Professor McNally graduated with a B.A. from Vassar College in 1953 and, following studies at the University of Kiel, University of Munich, and the Radcliffe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965, writing a dissertation on “The Role of Ornament in Protocorinthian Vase Painting.”  After serving as a lecturer and instructor at Ohio State University and Mount Holyoke College, she joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1965.   Until 1987 she was a member of the Art History Department; between 1987 and 2004 she was affiliated with the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies; and then from 2004 until her retirement in 2010 she was again a faculty member in the Department of Art History.

Over the course of her long career Sheila was widely recognized as a dynamic educator and accomplished scholar.  In addition to numerous publications on Diocletian’s Palace in Split (including The Architectural Ornament of Diocletian’s Palace at Split [1996]), her work engaged Coptic Egypt, the art and archaeology of monasticism, as well as Greek and Roman sculpture, mosaics, and pottery.  She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and Mid-America Art History Society, and as a member of the advisory board of the Women’s Caucus for Art, the board of governors and other committees of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Rome Prize jury of the American Academy in Rome.

Professor McNally was a pathbreaking scholar and archaeologist—among the earliest women to make a name for herself in a field long dominated by men—and was an inspiring role model to young women in the field of Classical archaeology.  She will be remembered as a passionate individual who lived her life in an utterly unique fashion, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Contributions in her honor can be made to the Sheila McNally Fellowship Fund (c/o the Department of Art History), which supports graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in the art and archaeology of the late Antique.

New book on Roman Baroque Sculpture, edited by Steven F. Ostrow and Anthony Colantuono

Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture, edited by Anthony Colantuono and Steven F. Ostrow, Penn State University Press, 2014 (recipient of the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant).

Professor Minku Kim Receives Korean Studies Grant

Professor Minku Kim has been awarded a Korean Studies Grant by the Academy of Korean Studies, the flagship institution of the government of the Republic of Korea to promote Korean Studies.

Kim's research project is titled "Sŏkkuram and Iran: The Domed Korean Buddhist Sanctuary with a Central Image for Circumambulation and Its Precedents in Kucha (Xinjiang)."

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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