Every time I hear another jaded elite explains why we can’t win… I think of my 105 yo grandma Mamie Todd. Her grandparents were born into slavery and helped lead their people into Freedom. Like them she is ever the optimist. When I was a jaded teen I asked her why. “It’s quite simple,” she said with love. “Pessimists are right more often. Optimists win more often. “In this life we each ultimately have to choose which is most important to us. “As for me?” she queried rhetorically “Well, I’d rather win!”Former President of the NAACP|
The Department of Art History is thrilled to announce the creation of the Robert Munman Student Research Fund in Art History, established by Mark Clark to honor the exceptional contributions to the Department and discipline of Art History by UIC Emeritus Professor Robert Munman. Bob is a cherished member of the Art History community at UIC and Mark was a student of his nearly 50 years ago. During his time as a faculty member, Bob was an honored researcher and teacher, inspiring thousands of students with his passion for art history and his engaging and jovial presence in the classroom. The Munman Fund will provide financial support for undergraduate Art History majors engaged in excellent and innovative art historical research without regard to geographic region or time period. Recipients of the Robert Munman Award may use the funds to support expenses related to undertaking original research (such as travel or archival fees), coursework for language study relevant to the student’s research plans, the presentation of research at an academic conference, or other academic expenses.Chair of Art History|
The Department of Art History is delighted to welcome Yasmine Espert to UIC. Yasmine’s research interests include the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her publications on film, photography, and the African diaspora are ‘Blood, Fire and Interiority in Horace Ové’s Pressure’ (Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art), ‘Can Photography Be Decolonial?’ (Public Books), and “Listening to Revolution” (Artpress). Her first book project is under contract at Duke University Press. With the support of Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, she curated made vulnerable – an online exhibition for sx visualities. She received a doctorate in art history from Columbia University.Chair of Art History|
Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, respected scholar, teacher, and mentor in the Department of Art History for the past three years, has accepted an offer of a tenure-track position in the department. He is now Assistant Professor of Art History at UIC! He will also retain the title of the Marilynn Thoma Scholar in the Art of the Spanish Americas, which was established after a generous donation by the Thoma Foundation last year. Congratulations, Emmanuel! We are thrilled!Chair of Art History|
Profs. Ömür Harmanşah and Beate Giessler (co-Pi’s) in collaboration with Rachel Havrelock (UIC) and Anne-Marie Hanson (UIS) have been awarded $175,000 to study American Plumbing: The Canals, Rivers, and Communities that Bridge North and South – Illinois Rivers Project! With plans to host a series of events along Illinois’ rivers, this project is designed to increase knowledge about the state’s waterways and bring new voices to issues related to the environment and climate change. The five planned events will showcase local culture and open dialogues about water that allow experts from the U of I System to both teach and learn from the public. Working with partners, project leaders also plan to author stories, record knowledge and design interactive digital features – including an Illinois rivers website – that will later be featured in a series of public events.Chair of Art History|
Ross Edman, who taught at UIC for more than 30 years and died in May 2017, left his former department a whopping $1 million from his estate. According to a database maintained by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, nearly all gifts of more than $1 million to Illinois public universities in 2018 were earmarked to benefit athletics, engineering, and other science and technology-related fields. The primary gifts devoted to the arts were two 10-figure donations to the private Art Institute of Chicago. ‘I was really thrilled because it’s like pulling teeth to get people to give money to a state school — especially to art history,’ said Virginia Miller, associate professor emeritus and former chairwoman of the department. ‘We get excited if someone gives us $1,000.’Chicago Tribune|
What is Art History?
Art History is the critical inquiry into the ways people have reimagined their worlds through painting and sculpture, architecture, photography, film, performance, and design. More than anything else, it is a history of creativity. Students with the capacity to think critically and creatively about how visual forms communicate across cultures will be prepared for our increasingly global, complex, and image-saturated world.
Art History at UIC
UIC Art History introduces students to works of art, architecture and design that have changed the course of history. Classes cover all historical periods and most of the world’s cultures. Students are trained in the fundamentals of critical thinking, historical analysis, visual literacy, and theoretical understanding. These are skills that are evermore important in our evermore visually mediated world.
Art History in Chicago
Chicago’s vibrant and turbulent history, its outstanding art and architecture, its acclaimed community of scholars, and its richly endowed museums and libraries offer an exceptional setting for the study of art, culture and the urban environment. UIC’s own cutting-edge Gallery 400 and dynamic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum offer hands-on opportunities for students to work with leading arts and cultural institutions.
Careers in Art History
In addition to going on to successful careers in education and museums, graduates work in advertising, arts administration, business, conservation, education, historic preservation, journalism, law, medicine, publishing, and libraries. As more and more jobs are taken by machines, the core skills of critical thinking, visual literacy and intercultural communication are evermore fundamental for most careers.
Exhibition opening, "A Site of Struggle: American Art Against Anti-Black Violence," curated by Janet Dees with assistance from PhD candidate Alisa Swindell
- The Robert Munman Student Research Fund in Art History, in support of undergraduate Art History majors engaged in excellent and innovative art historical research.
- The Peter Bacon Hales Scholarship Fund, in support of graduate students of Art History engaged in the interdisciplinary study of American culture, construed broadly.
- The Ross Edman Fund, for scholarships for the benefit of students in Art History.
- The David Sokol Fund, supporting the study of American Art.
- The Circle Professorship Fund, supporting Art History scholarship.
- The Art History Annual Fund, supporting the Department of Art History.
- Or, start the YOUR NAME HERE Fund, supporting Art History according to your vision!