Leonardo Di Vinci's Mona Lisa
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
Into Bondage by Aaron Douglas 1936


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. Nicole Williams

Nicole received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard College and PhD in the History of Art at Yale University. At Washington University, Nicole is working towards the completion of her book, The Shade of Private Life: American Art and the Origins of Modern Privacy, 1875-1900, which considers how images shaped the modern notion of privacy as an endangered right in response to emerging technologies of publicity, such as the mass media and the handheld camera. Nicole is also teaching courses in American art and material culture and curating a forthcoming exhibit at the Kemper Art Museum titled Global Vistas: American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age (opening May 2020).