Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered

This exhibition, curated by Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, will be on view at the Cantor Arts Center from September 6, 2023 to January 21, 2024.

COMFORT ROOM: Jenifer K Wofford's Solo Exhibition

COMFORT ROOM will be open from September 26 - December 8 at the Coulter Art Gallery.

2022-2023 Art & Art History Newsletter

This newsletter features exciting department updates, student spotlights and awards, and an overview of events held this past year!

McMurtry Building at night


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McMurtry Building atrium at day

Greater diversity and inclusion in the Department of Art and Art History

We are committed to building an equitable, antiracist, and non-discriminatory environment that empowers all students, staff, faculty, and community members.

The Department of Art & Art History is an interdisciplinary department offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, art practice, film and media studies, and documentary film. 

Art History course in Oshman Hall.

Art History

Art History is a discipline that strives to understand works of art, architecture, and design from a variety of perspectives, including the original context of their making and reception as well as their subsequent circulation, collection, conservation, and display. As culturally embedded expressions, works of art may yield multiple meanings depending on the kinds of research and interpretive strategies that art historians bring into play. 

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Art History undergraduate program

Art History graduate program

Art Practice

The Art Practice program on both undergraduate and graduate levels offers production-based curriculum to prepare students for creative careers in the visual arts and to hone their creative capabilities. Access to diverse courses and faculty, cross-disciplinary interaction, and well-equipped labs are among the strengths of this flexible program.

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Art Practice undergraduate program

Art Practice graduate program

Documentary Film and Video

Students in the Documentary Film and Video Program become conversant with the documentary tradition as well as with alternative media and new directions in documentary.  In addition to the training in documentary production, graduates gain substantive research skills in film criticism and film analysis. The MFA degree is designed to prepare students for professional careers in film, video, and digital media, with the qualifications to teach at the university level.

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Film and Media Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies provides students with knowledge of film aesthetics, national cinematic traditions, modes of production in narrative, documentary, and experimental films, the incorporation of moving image media by contemporary artists, and the proliferation of new forms of digital media.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 17, 2023. 11:00am - Friday, December 8, 2023. 5:00pm
Stanford Art Gallery
419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Thursday, October 19, 2023. 11:00am - Friday, October 20, 2023. 4:00pm
McMurtry Building
355 Roth Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Miller Exhibition Room
Thursday, November 2, 2023. 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McMurtry Building
355 Roth Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Oshman Hall

Current Exhibitions

Tuesday, September 26, 2023. 11:00am - Friday, December 8, 2023. 5:00pm
Coulter Art Gallery
355 Roth Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The Department of Art & Art History presents this year's Holt Visiting Artist, Jenifer Wofford, and her exhibition titled Comfort Room.