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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art History (New)


Learn about monuments, significant artists, and artistic periods in Western and non-Western cultures. Gain art studio fundamentals, learn about art theory and criticism, conduct research, and discern the hidden and not-so-hidden ideas behind images.

Beyond the study of art styles and trends, art history students are trained to communicate their own ideas about artwork and its various meanings. They can bring this knowledge to bear on an expansive array of careers, including arts administration, auction houses, art conservation, education, archives, publishing, art criticism, museums, galleries, and historical societies. By honing oral and written methods of analysis, their critical thinking skills can even be applied far beyond the field of art history.

See more photos of art history!

Picture of Grace Moorman standing in a museum.


Meet Grace Moorman (BA Art History, minor in Anthropology ’20), president of Vasari Society, who interned at the UM Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

“The art department, love them! It’s just a fostering environment where they encourage you to do whatever you want to do and make it seem like it’s actually a possibility.”


Meet the Faculty

The art history faculty have areas of specializations in Medieval art history and archaeology, 19th and 20th century American art, Early Modern Europe, modern art and architecture, postmodern art, theory, and the history & theory of photography. Their connections to alumni, other art historians, and museum and gallery professionals open the world of opportunity to our students.

Aileen Ajootian

Aileen Ajootian

Professor of Classics
and Art & Art History
Greek/Roman Sculpt, Medit. Archaeology
Bryant Hall | 662-915-1152

Louise Arizzoli

Dr. Louise Arizzoli

Instructional Assistant Professor
Early Modern & 19th–Century
Meek 110B | 662-915-6989


Karen BarberDr. Karen Barber

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Contemporary Art


Dr. Kris Belden-Adams

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams

Associate Professor of Art
Modern & Contemporary
Meek 259 | 662-915-5014


Rebekah Flake

Rebekah Flake

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
& Instructor of Art History
Imaging Arts
Meek 145


Bokyung Kim

Dr. Bokyung Kim

Visiting Assistant Professor
Asian Art
Meek 145

Nancy Wicker

Dr. Nancy Wicker

Chair, Professor of Art History
Medieval & Archaeology
Meek 116 | 662-915-7193