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Theaster Gates

Tom Gunning

David Levin


Our faculty engage the arts as scholars, painters, sculptors, photographers, composers, performers, teachers, critics, dramaturgs, poets, and more. They are drawn to the University’s culture of melding cross-disciplinary research and creative engagement, and share a love for working in and out of the classroom, studio, or laboratory. At UChicago, a conference on the praxis of theory combines performance with academic papers, a philosopher and a jazz musician co-teach a course on improvisation, and practicing artists partner with scientists and economists to illuminate contemporary problems.

In 2011 UChicago Arts launched an experiment to further activate faculty involvement with the arts through the  Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry , a unique program fostering collaborations between artists and scholars on campus and internationally. The University is a creative incubator where artists, performers, critics, curators, and scholars explore the arts as a form of inquiry and knowledge production. Out of this comes innovative classes, new creative works, and groundbreaking scholarship that impacts the academy, the city, and the world.

Discover the scholarship and artistic production of a few of our faculty below.

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Hillary Chute
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

Heidi Coleman
Director, University Theatre; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Theater and Performance Studies; Senior Lecturer, Humanities Collegiate Division

Theaster Gates, Jr.
Professor, Department of Visual Arts and The College Director, Arts + Public Life

Tom Gunning
Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, and the College

Judy Hoffman
Senior Lecturer, Department of Cinema & Media Studies and Department of Visual Arts

Wu Hung
Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College; Director, Center for the Art of East Asia; Consulting Curator, Smart Museum of Art

David Levin
Director, Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry; Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College

John Muse
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College

William Pope L.
Associate Professor, Department of of Visual Arts

Shulamit Ran
Andrew MacLeish Dinstinguished Service Professor, Department of Music and the College; Artistic Director, Contempo

Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, Committee on Creative Writing, and the College; Poetry & Poetics

Jessica Stockholder
Professor and Chair, Department of Visual Arts

Augusta Read Thomas
University Professor of Composition, Department of Music and the College

John Wilkinson
Professor Practice in the Arts, Department of English Language & Literature, Committee on Creative Writing

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The Graduate Program in Art History offers a full-time Ph.D. that is designed to prepare our graduates for academic research and teaching, work in museums and beyond, and other careers in the visual arts. Areas in which we currently offer coursework and advising are: Global Modern and Contemporary, African American and African Diaspora, Early Modern, Asian, and Ancient and Medieval.

We are a mid-size department, with 14 full-time faculty members,1 full-time senior lecturer, several visiting lecturers who expand the department’s disciplinary offerings, and several affiliated faculty. Our Department’s comparative and cross-disciplinary orientation offers ample opportunity for interdisciplinary work, which is amplified by programs and clusters across the  Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences  and within The Graduate School .

Our highly ranked program is intellectually rigorous and committed to supporting students throughout their training. Roughly 25 graduate students enjoy close interaction with faculty members of worldwide renown who maintain active research and publishing profiles. Our curriculum is designed to make the most of our local resources, from courses at the  University of Chicago  to holdings at the  Newberry Library . Our graduate students also have the opportunity to garner experience working within departments at the  Art Institute of Chicago , the  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago , and our own  Block Museum of Art .

Generously supported by  The Graduate School  and the  Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences , the department provides its Ph.D. students with full financial aid for five years as well as travel grants for conference presentations and archival research. In addition, the summer before the beginning of their second year, graduates in our program travel abroad—Madrid, London, and Delhi have been recent destinations—for an intensive two-week faculty-led seminar. Such experiences are one part of the extensive scholarly training, mentorship, pedagogical guidance, and assistance on the job market that we provide for our graduate students. We are proud of our placement record and of our record of national and international fellowships for predoctoral study.

The graduate pages of this website provide a wealth of resources—administrative and academic—for current students and alumni.  The Graduate Student Program Handbook covers a wealth of information about the department.  They are also intended to introduce prospectives to our doctoral program, provide faculty profiles, departmental philosophy, and application requirements. Potential applicants are advised to fully acquaint themselves with these materials and to contact our Program Assistant, Mary Clare Meyer, at  art-history@northwestern.edu , with any questions not answered in these pages.