Art History

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Welcome to the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. The department is among the smallest of the top dozen art history programs in the country with roughly 16 faculty members, about 50 graduate students, and 100 or so undergraduate majors. Over the last 30 years, the National Research Council (NRC) has consistently ranked UC Berkeley's program among the top three.  The department’s traditional strengths are in European and Asian Art, but in the past five years, we have expanded our coverage of the art of the Americas to include Pre-Columbian and Latin American as well as the full range of modern and contemporary American art.

The department’s offices are located in Doe Library on the Berkeley campus on the fourth floor of the finest humanities research library on the West Coast. We are situated in close proximity to both the department’s Visual Resources Center, which curates a substantial and growing body of digital images, and to the Art History/Classics Library. Many of the History of Art graduate seminars are held in the Jean Bony Seminar Room of this noncirculating library. Some further examples of the Berkeley program’s special resources are the annual Judith K. Stronach Travel Seminar, the annual Mary C. Stoddard Lecture in the History of Art, and the Curatorial Preparedness Initiative (funded over six years from the Mellon Foundation for a total of $1,250,000).

For information regarding Department events, see the Events page on the department website.

For information regarding Faculty books, see the Books by Faculty section on the department website.

Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) supports the History of Art department in the areas of digital teaching, image research, and audiovisual support. The VRC builds and maintains a collection of images for instructional and research purposes. The collection encompasses images of art and architecture of the world, ranging from prehistory to contemporary art. The VRC adds approximately 5,000 images per year to the collection, based largely on faculty requests. The facility is located in 307 Doe Library, situated within the Art History/Classics Library on the third floor of Doe Library. For further information, see the History of Art Department website.

Other Department Resources

Art History/Classics Library, located on the fourth floor of Doe Library
Berkeley Art Museum
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum

Undergraduate Programs

History of Art: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

History of Art: PhD

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Courses

Art History

Contact Information

Department of the History of Art

416 Doe Library, #6020

Phone: 510-642-5511

Fax: 510-643-2185

art_history@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Greg Levine

411 Doe Library

gplevine@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Advisor

Clay Hall

416 Doe Library

Phone: (510) 642-5510

clayh@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Advisor

Sugata Ray

421A Doe Library

Phone: 510-643-7190

sugata@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Services Advisor

Amy Tamayo

416 Doe Library

Phone: (510) 643-7290

atamayo@berkeley.edu

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