One of the department's core goals is to partner with other programs at Michigan and beyond. These partnerships bring History of Art into conversation with other disciplines and enrich our commitment to interdisciplinary study, at the same time fortifying our connection to the University of Michigan community.
The Department of History of Art co-publishes Ars Orientalis, an internationally reputed peer-reviewed journal, with the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art. Ars Orientalis 44 marked the launch of the journal's first entirely digital volume. It provides extras not available in the printed issue, including additional images, video content, and "Digital Initiatives," a column that explores digital tools, research resources, publications, and learning opportunities in art history and related fields, with a specific focus on topics relevant to Ars Orientalis readers. A complement to the printed volume, digital Ars Orientalis offers subscribers a new design and easily maneuverable features.
Freer Gallery of Art
Our enduring relationship with the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art–which includes an annual lecture, the co-publication of the journal Ars Orientalis, and an endowed graduate fellowship– has nurtured several generations of intellectual inquiry and created networks of interpretation for an ever-widening field of Asian art history and visual culture.
Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology
Jointly sponsored by the departments of History of Art and Classical Studies, IPCAA offers a course of doctoral study in the arts and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds.
The recently renovated Kelsey Museum of Archaeology houses the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archeology. Two history of art faculty are curators at the museum, whose collection is comprised of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East.
Museum Studies Program
UMMSP offers both graduate and undergraduate history of art students the opportunity to earn a certificate in museum studies by engaging intellectually, professionally, and interpersonally with the world of museums.
School of Art & Design
The department and SoAD co-sponsor events and offer courses of interest to students in both departments. The recently formed Visual Arts Consortium–a collaboration between the School of Art & Design, Department of the History of Art, Museum Studies Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the U-M Museum of Art– is devoted to finding new ways of integrating the theory and practice of the arts.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The department and TCAUP share one faculty member who is jointly appointed as well as several who are adjunct faculty in history of art. The department and the college co-sponsor events and offer courses of interest to students in both departments. The recently formed Visual Arts Consortium–a collaboration between the School of Art & Design, Department of the History of Art, Museum Studies Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the U-M Museum of Art– is devoted to finding new ways of integrating the theory and practice of the arts.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
The department and UMMA jointly sponsor the annual History of Art Fall Symposium. Other collaborations include exhibitions and special museum displays, public lectures, and publication ventures such as the Museum Bulletin. Art history courses regularly incorporate artworks from UMMA's collection of nearly 19,000 objects and utilize the museum’s Education Center, which features an auditorium and enhanced programming, open storage offering visual access to additional works of art not on view in traditional gallery spaces, object study classrooms, and a library.