Welcome to the Department of Art History, part of the Center for the Arts at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. We are located in a new, cutting-edge facility in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Philadelphia and close to major urban centers throughout the Northeast. Our mission is to educate students on the graduate and undergraduate levels about visual culture and its history, to foster scholarly research and advance knowledge in the discipline, and to function as a resource of expertise to the University, the region and beyond. The Department offers a variety of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches. Our goal is to equip students with strong skills in a world in which visual literacy is of great importance, and on-site learning at local and regional museums is key to instruction. Students can broaden their education at one of Temple’s international programs, especially those in Rome and Japan, which offer a range of Art History classes. As part of the Center for the Arts and Tyler School of Art, which includes the Temple Contemporary art gallery, we promote dynamic interactions between artistic, critical, curatorial, and scholarly practice. This education is designed to foster a life-long interest in, sensitivity to, and appreciation of the significance of artistic production as a fundamental historical and cultural form of human expression and communication.
Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards (Lindback and Great Teacher), research awards (Creative Achievement and Provost’s Awards), and professorships (Carnell). Faculty have won major prizes from the American Association of Italian Studies, Archaeological Institute of America, College Art Association, and Renaissance Society of America. Faculty fellowships and grants include the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies; American Research Center in Egypt; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Dumbarton Oaks; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Fulbright Program; Getty Trust; Guggenheim Foundation; Villa I Tatti (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence); Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Institute for Aegean Prehistory; Kress Foundation; Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the United States Agency for International Development.
Our graduate students have won major University fellowships and have received outside support from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; American Research Council in Egypt; Barra Foundation/McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Getty Trust; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Huntingdon; Kress Foundation; Luce/American Council of Learned Societies; and Smithsonian. Undergraduates have been granted awards from the Diamond Peer Teacher Program; Diamond Research Scholars Program; Research/Creative Projects and Travel; and the Undergraduate Research Forum/Creative Works Symposium.
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NEWS HEADLINES - PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED TO FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS!
Dr. Elizabeth Bolman has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year 2011-12. The fellowship will fund the completion of a book on the Church of the Red Monastery, a 6th-century Christian basilica complex located in Sohag, Egypt. Based on a multi-year project of conservation, archaeology, and scholarly study spearheaded by Dr. Bolman, the book will contain an introduction, conclusion, and five chapters written by her as well as contributions from a team of sixteen other scholars and specialists. Dr. Bolman will also serve as editor of the book, which will demonstrate how the Red Monastery participated in the cultural life of the Mediterranean. For more information about Dr. Bolman's prestigious fellowship, see the recent press release from the Temple Office of Communication. click HERE
Jasmine Cloud, who was awarded a four year University Fellowship by Temple when she entered the doctoral program, has now won the Kress two-year fellowship to the Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome, one of only four Institutional Fellowships that the Kress Foundation awards, for her doctoral research in Italy. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy for the academic year 2011-2012. To see photographs of Jasmine in Rome, click HERE and HERE.
Laura Turner Igoe, a student in the Ph.D. program, was recently awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) to support her 2011 summer trip to northern Europe.
Amy Malleck was awarded a Council of American Overseas Research Centers’ Multi-Country Research Fellowship to support research in Sicily and Cyprus, Summer 2011.
Tamara Smithers was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship by the American Academy in Rome, Summer 2011.
Agnes Szymanska was awarded a Byzantine Greek Summer School Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Summer 2011.
Cheryl Harper was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, 2011.
For a complete listing of recent achievements by graduate students in Art History, including papers given at professional conferences, click HERE (PDF)