Art History & Criticism

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Students may take introductory Art History and Criticism as well as a variety of upper-level courses in European American and beyond the Western traditions. Art History courses include: African, American, Ancient American, Ancient Greek, European Art of the 19th and 20th centuries, Latin American, Medieval, Renaissance, Roman, Spanish, specialized topics such as Art and Insanity, and Women Artists and Art History.

Undergraduate Art Majors may also minor in Art History/Criticism. 

The School offers a joint MA/MFA degree and a 30-credit MA degree in Art History for individuals wishing to deepen their knowledge of the field. The latter degree is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of the history of the visual arts. It serves as preparation for advanced graduate work at the PhD level and careers in art-related professions in museum studies, gallery work, and conservation. It is intended to foster a dialogue between art history, the fine arts, and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The degree has a thesis and non-thesis track. Art History and Criticism classes are taught in a refurbished classroom in the historic Fine Arts building, a landmark structure built in 1935 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The classroom is a state-of-the-art multi-media classroom. The School also has an Art History and Criticism Resource Center (see Gallery).

The School also encourages and oversees internships in museums and galleries across campus and in the community.


H. Rafael Chacón, Professor
Valerie Hedquist, Professor

Graduate Students


Rotating courses offered in Art History and Art Criticism:

  • Art Appreciation (Course Titled Global Visual Culture ARTH 160L)
  • Art of World Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Art
  • Art of World Civilization: Early Modern to Contemporary Art
  • History of Architectural Design: Pre-history to 1850
  • Art of the Ancient Americas
  • Latin American Art
  • Ancient Greek Civilization and Culture
  • Roman and Early Christian Art in Context
  • Art of the Renaissance
  • American Art 1860 to the Present
  • Advanced Research in Art History
  • Seminar in Art History and Criticism.
  • Women Artists and Art History
  • African Art
  • Spanish Art
  • Art of the 19 Century
  • Art of the 20th Century
  • Graduate Studies/Art History
  • Research in Art History
  • Methodologies in Art History
  • Introduction to Art Criticism
  • Contemporary Art and Art Criticism
  • Renaissance Theory and Criticism
  • Advanced Research in Art Criticism
  • Critical Theories in the Visual Arts

Gilbert Millikan Art Resource Center

Spring 2015 hours
Monday, 9-12 noon and 1-5 PM
Tuesday, 9:30 AM-12 noon and 1-5 PM
Wednesday, 9-12 noon and 1-5 PM
Thursday, 9:30 AM-12 noon and 1-5 PM
Friday, 10 AM-1 PM

History and Holdings
The Millikan Center was established in 1996 as the School of Art's "Art History and Criticism Resource Center."  In 2013 it was renamed and dedicated in memory of Gilbert Millikan, former member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Board and a great friend of the School of Art.

The Millikan Center contains materials for the use of students, staff, and faculty of the School of Art and the University community.  Its holdings include: subscriptions to current studio art, art history, and art criticism journals, over 1,500 books, DVD's and other electronic resources.  It also houses some 800 archival photographs and glass plates, a comprehensive collection of over 50,000 art history slides, and the School of Art archives.  The Millikan Center is located in a suite in the historic Fine Arts building (rooms 304-305) that includes an elegant public reading room, a staff work room and slide library, and faculty offices.

Using the Center
The Millikan Center is managed by the School's Art History and Criticism Division and operated by work-study students.  It keeps regular weekly hours and is closed for all University holidays.  Current hours are posted at the entrance and online at the School's webpage.  Members of the community with a valid I.D. and students and faculty with a Griz card may check out materials whenever the center is open.  Books, journals, slides, and electronic media may be checked out for one week by undergraduate students and community members, two weeks by graduate students, and one year by faculty.  New journals are for in-house use only and archival materials do not circulate.  Clients are held responsible for the replacement of materials not returned by the due date.  The center does not lend audio/visual equipment (for equipment scheduling, please contact Information Technology Services at 243-4357).  University classes and community groups are welcome to schedule meetings in the reading room of the center.

The Millikan Center has a cooperative relationship with the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library at the University of Montana to share resources and provide student access to art databases and other art-related materials.  For questions, please contact the Millikan Center or speak with one of our student assistants.


The center is operated by work-study students and keeps regular weekly hours. It is closed for all University holidays. Members of the community and students and faculty with a valid Griz card or I.D. may check out materials whenever the center is open. Books, videos, DVD’s, and journals may be checked out for one week by undergraduate students and one month by graduate students. Archival materials do not circulate and new journals are for in-house use only. Clients are held responsible for the replacement of materials not returned by the due date. The center does not lend Audio/Visual equipment. (For equipment scheduling, please contact the Presentation Technology Services at 243-4072.) Although School of Art committees have precedence, University classes and groups are welcome to schedule meetings in the center. Please contact us at or speak with one of the center student assistants if you have any questions.