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Why Study Art History at UIC?
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.
Fall 2020 Courses
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*** CANCELLED *** ANNA BLUME: Stone Age Aesthetics: On the Bannerstones of Archaic Eastern North America
Support UIC Art History
- 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 Your Name Here Fund, supporting Art History according to your vision!