About Our Department

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis offers a diverse program of study in art history, archaeology, and visual studies at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are home to some 60 majors and minors, and to over 20 graduate students working on AM and PhD degrees. We enjoy strong partnerships with other Humanities programs on campus, and with local arts institutions.  Housed within the distinguished School of Arts & Sciences, the Department is an active collaborator with schools across the Danforth campus, as well as with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology respectfully acknowledges that we are on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Osage Nation. The process of knowing and acknowledging the land we stand on is a way of honoring and expressing gratitude for the ancestral Osage people who were on this land before us. For more information about the Osage Nation, click here.  

The Department is also broadly committed to racial justice, and pledges to use our classrooms and curricula as tools to advance these efforts. To read the statement written and approved by our faculty, click here


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Mark S. Weil and Joan M. Hall Endowment

Announcing the inaugural Mark S. Weil and Joan M. Hall Grants

In 2021, the late Mark S. Weil and his wife Joan M. Hall made a generous gift to the Department of Art History and Archaeology to establish an endowment that could support faculty research and collaborative scholarship and teaching across fields, departments and institutions. The inaugural competition for grants awarded by this fund was held in summer 2022 and the results of these awards are now being realized by four grant recipients. To learn more about the endowment and the recipients, click here. 


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Eve Rosekind Receives Nancy Rubin 'Above and Beyond' Award

The Department is thrilled to announce that Eve Rosekind is the recipient of the 2022-2023 Nancy Rubin ‘Above and Beyond’ award. This award for graduate students was established in honor of Nancy Rubin, the Department’s longtime administrative assistant who passed away suddenly in 2020, and honors Nancy’s exceptional character, values, and ethos of generosity and compassion. Eve, a PhD candidate, was nominated by her peers for her exceptional contributions to their community. In the words of one nominator:

Eve consistently goes above and beyond to support her peers in achieving their personal goals. She takes the time to actively listen to their concerns, offering guidance and advice that is both thoughtful and insightful. Even in the most challenging situations, Eve maintains a calm and professional demeanor, never losing sight of the importance of cultivating collegiality and demonstrating a true sense of compassion and generosity. 

Please join us to congratulate Eve in receiving this special honor! To learn more about Nancy, visit this tribute to her life and read a collection of memorial statements by students, staff, and faculty.  


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Our Alumni

We actively encourage multiple outcomes for our students of art history and archaeology, and alumni follow diverse career paths both in the United States and abroad. Our majors and minors pursue graduate and professional degrees in a variety of disciplines, ranging from art history, visual culture, and archaeology to advanced work in all aspects of the humanities. Many go on to curatorial and museum education work, collections management, the business of the art market, arts criticism, and diverse positions in arts management. Still others pursue advanced professional degrees in law, medicine, business, social work, and international affairs. Our doctoral program is the oldest in the midwest, and our network of alumni stretches internationally to Europe and Asia.

Learn more about our undergraduate alumni

Learn more about our graduate alumni 

Orin Zahra PhD Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.