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The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in Saint Louis has a rich past and a vibrant present. One of the oldest Art History programs west of the Mississippi, the Department was an important force in establishing recognition for Art History outside of the eastern United States. The program was built by some of the foremost figures in the discipline, including Jean Sutherland Boggs, Frederick Hartt, and George Mylonas. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is one of the most distinguished university collections in the United States. The Department is housed within the distinguished School of Arts and Sciences, and is also an active collaborator with the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, as well as the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
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Faculty Spotlight

Welcome, Dr. Sara Ryu

The Department of Art History and Archaeology is excited to welcome Sara Ryu, Postdoctoral Fellow in Arts & Sciences. Sara received her B.A. in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in the History of Art at Yale University. Most recently, she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. While in residence at the Getty, Sara worked towards the completion of her book, The Art of Making Again in Colonial Mexico, which studies the reuse of art in the aftermath of iconoclasm in terms of two intersecting themes: changing conceptions of antiquity during the early modern period, and new sacred economies of art-making within the post-conquest indigenous world.

In addition to teaching new courses in the Department, Sara will work on projects at Washington University that facilitate intellectual exchange outside the classroom setting. In the College Dean’s Office, she will develop new programs for undergraduates and, in the Center for the Humanities, she will help coordinate the studiolabs initiative, part of Redefining Doctoral Education in the Humanities funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sara looks forward to participating in academic life at Washington University across disciplines, and to engaging with publics both within and beyond the university.