The University’s Art History Department is not only the largest in the nation, but its faculty is also internationally renowned. Among the many honors presented to art history faculty are Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, visiting senior fellowships at the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, election to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Mellon Professorship at the American Academy in Rome, and a Mellon Professorship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Such distinguished faculty attract top-tier students.
On the graduate level, art and architectural history merged in 2004. Nearly two dozen faculty teach in diverse fields, with particularly strong concentrations in ancient, Renaissance, modern, American, and Asian art and architecture. The department’s large faculty enables it to offer both a wide range of graduate courses and a faculty-to-student ratio that encourages close faculty mentoring of each student in the program.
The recent success of the History of Art and Architecture program was bolstered by the generous campaign gift of $2.8 million by Carl and Martha Lindner of Cincinnati. By strengthening a program in the arts, the contribution helped the University meet one of its top priorities—making the fine and performing arts here among the best in the nation.
The Lindner endowment fund supports both graduate and undergraduate study in art history, as well as faculty research initiatives and course development. The fund also supports the increasing use of digital technology in the teaching of art history, and makes it possible to bring distinguished visiting scholars to the University for a semester or an academic year.
Another recent advance in the art history department is the restoration and renovation of Fayerweather Hall, which houses the department and encompasses the Lindner Center. Built as a gymnasium in the late nineteenth century, the refurbished facility is now complete. The renovation created new offices for faculty and graduate assistants, an archeology study facility, new meeting and seminar rooms, and a space for the storage and retrieval of art slides and other visual resources.
Ongoing goals for the campaign in art history include the following: