Graduate Program Information - Art History

Masters Degree
PhD Degree
Curatorial Certificate
Certificate in Historical Preservation
Masters Track in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Over its thirty-three year history, the graduate program has awarded seventy-five Doctoral and about one hundred and fifty Master’s degrees. For the past decade, many students have also pursued a certificate in Curatorial Studies, and can now also obtain a certificate in a new program in Historic Preservation.

The faculty comprises fourteen full-time members whose research interests and teaching span all periods of Western, Sub-Saharan and Asian Art. We have a uniquely strong cluster of faculty in the areas of Modern European and American art and architecture, and in Italian Studies, from Ancient through Baroque art and architecture.

Special fellowship opportunities are available to students through the Henry Luce Foundation for dissertation candidates in American Art and through the Norton Dodge Foundation for students specializing in Russian and Soviet Art.

Housed in a new building since 1992, the Art Library not only supports research and instructional needs, but also has been an active partner in co-sponsoring cultural events, lectures and exhibitions. With its staff of graduate students under the Director’s supervision and in an expanded facility since 1993, the Visual Resources Collection is using Luna Insight software in collaboration with the University Libraries to make huge image-bases available for instruction throughout the university. A new Sensors Lab in the department, fully equipped thanks to a generous gift from Sensors Inc., allows students to prepare and deliver digital presentations.

Program faculty and students closely collaborate with The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum on exhibitions and research. Through the new museum initiative ArtReach, students present lectures on art to the wider community.

The Rutgers Art Review, which is published annually and produced entirely by graduate students, is the country’s oldest journal of graduate scholarship in art history. Program faculty and students have repeatedly won competitive awards from the Graduate School, as well as national and international awards, for distinction in teaching and research.

Many alumni/ae currently hold academic and/or curatorial appointments at distinguished institutions, among them Duke, Universities of Iowa, North Carolina, and Houston, John Carroll University, Pepperdine University, Boston College, Dartmouth College, Kenyon College, and the Metropolitan Museum, Pierpont Morgan Library, Hunterdon Museum of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago; other alumni/ae enjoy positions in the commercial art world with Christie’s, Johnson and Johnson, and Wildenstein & Co.