Art History

The College of Arts and Science’s new School of Visual Studies (SVS) was officially launched Sept. 27 during the school’s inaugural event at Sager Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia. MU Provost Garnett Stokes, Arts and Science Interim Dean Pat Okker, and SVS Director Jo Stealey each spoke at the ceremony, which featured an exhibit of artistic works by faculty and students in the new school.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

Antioch the Great flyer

The Archaeological Institute of America and the Central Missouri AIA chapter present Kershaw Lecturer Andrea De Giorgi of Florida State University, speaking on "Antioch the Great: An Elusive Metropolis?"

Inspiration can strike anywhere, but sometimes a new environment and invigorating conversations can help foster creativity. Michael Yonan, an associate professor of art history, enjoyed both during his six-month stay in Sweden during the spring semester. Yonan was selected as a fellow of the highly regarded Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) from a competitive field of international applicants.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology is hosting the 49th Annual Symposium of New Graduate Student Research on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Mizzou North. The symposium features presentations by the department's entering class of graduate students on works of art and archaeological artifacts from the University of Missouri collections.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.


Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

Recognizing and encouraging outstanding graduate students in archaeology whose aptitudes and attitudes demonstrate a desire to pursue a lifelong professional career (not necessarily academic) in the field of archaeology.

Ruthie Angelovici

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Ruthie Angelovici

One or more awards with preference to students in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, to travel abroad. Additional preference shall be given to graduate students, however, exceptionally promising undergraduate students may also be considered for the award.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, established in 1943 under the authority of the Allied armies, is the subject of the upcoming major motion picture, “Monuments Men.” The Monuments Men were a group of Allied art historians and archaeologists who were brought together to protect the cultural property in war areas during and after World War II.

Swallow Hall re-opening

Please join the departments of anthropology and art history & archaeology in celebrating the grand re-opening of Swallow Hall on Sept. 15. The celebration will be followed by the Missouri Archaeology Month Lecture presented by Marcus J. Hamilton, PhD. 

Annual award to outstanding graduate students with a strong commitment to the field of art history or classical archaeology.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Two pots, each containing small bronze tools, a pierced eggshell (one of which was intact), and a coin, have been uncovered on top of the remains of an elite building at Sardis thought to have been destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 17. A new building had been constructed over the rubble and the deposits.

Awarded to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in art history to supplement museum internships, to conduct or present research, to underwrite publication expenses, or to recognize outstanding majors in the department.

One or more annual awards to graduate student(s) who have scored 90% or better on the GRE and who have completed at least 24 hours of study in art history, archaeology, or a related field at the university level. The award may be renewed for a total of three academic years provided the candidate maintains satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.

One or more annual awards shall be made to full-time graduate students.

The Life and Letters of the Ancient Mediterranean display is a cooperative project between The Classical Studies Dept., the Museum of Art & Archeology, Art History & Archeology, the Ellis Library collection of rare books, the Historic Costume and Textile collection, the Ellis Library display and events committees, and Gamal Castile. 

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitor at the University of Missouri presents Professor Paul B. Jaskot, Department of Art and Architectural History, DePaul University, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington, D.C., to discuss "Mapping the Architecture at Auschwitz: Culture and Genocide in the SS Ambitions for the East."

  • Museums in Missouri: From the Well Known to the Surprising

In 2014, the Capitoline Museums of Rome and the City of Rome launched a partnership with the University of Missouri to study a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that had been stored in the Italian museum for more than a century. Under the Hidden Treasure of Rome project, artifacts are shipped to MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology for detailed analysis and documentation.

Awarded to graduate and undergraduate students of exceptional promise for the study, interpretation, and preservation of art and architecture of cultural and historical sites of Missouri and the Midwest.

Simon Dinnerstein's Fulbright Triptych

The Museum of Art and Archaeology presents, “Perspectives on The Lasting World Symposium,” Friday and Saturday in Swallow Hall.

Friday, September 22

5:30–9:30 p.m.

101 Swallow Hall

No straight line exists between Move-In Day and commencement. This December, 2,243 students will earn degrees from the University of Missouri. Their journeys are as unique as the students themselves.

Student Affairs caught up with four soon-to-be-alumni, who agreed to share a little of their path to graduation and where the road leads next.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology will welcome the public to celebrate the re-opening of Swallow Hall Sept. 15, but departmental chairs Sue Langdon and Lisa Sattenspiel and campus officials took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated building Sept. 14.

Providing one or more graduate student fellowships to cover expenses related to conducting archaeological research abroad. Preference shall be given to doctoral students in art history and archaeology who propose to conduct a year of disseration research abroad.

Benton Kidd, the curator of ancient art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, says there is little left of the Phoenician domination of the Mediterranean region because conquering Greeks and Romans obliterated the Phoenicians’ homes and businesses, and often built their own homes over the ruins. Kidd says what we’re learning about the Phoenicians, many of whom were traders, is that, like their Greek neighbors, they could have very loud taste, at least by contemporary standards.

People are used to seeing construction on the MU campus, from the erection of new student housing to the ever-expanding facilities at Memorial Stadium, but the ongoing construction project on the southeast corner of the Francis Quadrangle merits a second look. That’s because the reconstruction of Swallow Hall is not following the usual script—its interior structure is being built and then the exterior walls will be connected to the interior structure along the way.

swallow hall poster

Come celebrate the Art History and Archaeology Department's move to its beautiful new quarters with a reception, welcome ceremony, and two scholarly lectures. 

Basket weaving, or simply basketry, is one of the most ubiquitous and oldest forms of craft making in human civilization, with some of the oldest known baskets dating back nearly 12,000 years. Early basket makers used materials close at hand, such as grass, wood, even animal remains—which decay over time without proper preservation—so much of the early history of the craft has been lost.

Provides one or more fellowships supporting the participation of undergraduate and graduate archaeology students in the summer program of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens or an equivalent program; first preference will be given to undergraduate archaeology majors.

Kat Cua

Kat Cua, BJ '18, BA '18 art hist, will talk about her work at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a paid intern, about the experience of working in large museums as they seek to change, and about what she did to start her career.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The program in Art History in the MU School of Visual Studies presents, "Conditions Reporting: 'I AM A MAN' and the Writing of Afrotropic Art Histories," by Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history, Northwestern University, Monday, Nov., 6, at 5 p.m. in 106 Lefevre Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Copeland flyer

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— For more than a century, hundreds of thousands of historical artifacts dating back to before the founding of Rome have been stored in crates in the Capitoline Museums of Rome, where they have remained mostly untouched.

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