Art History Department

Joseph Goren featured in UofT News

Monday, July 16, 2018

Photo by Lisa Lightbourn

Joseph (Joe) Goren (Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary), who will begin his MA in Art History at the University of Toronto in September 2018, was recently featured in UofT News alongside another recent UofT graduate, Sakina Rizvi.

Joe and Sakina are believed to be the University’s oldest and youngest graduates and discussed their university experiences and the most important lessons they learned while here.

You can see the full discussion between the two graduates on the UofT News site:

Welcome to New Affiliate Faculty

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Department of History of Art is pleased to announce the following Adjunct and Status-Only appointments to the Department effective July 1, 2018:

Adjunct Appointments:

Status Only Appointments:

Status-Only or Adjunct appointments are held by individuals employed outside of the University of Toronto but whose skills and expertise advance the academic mission of the University. Please join us in welcoming these colleagues to our department and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead.

Faculty Retirement Announcement: Dennis Reid

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Professor Dennis Reid, a long time faculty member of the Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art, retired on June 30, 2018. Dennis’ professional journey began at the University of Toronto, where he completed his BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in 1966 followed by his MA in the History of Art in 1967. Dennis began his teaching career at the University of Toronto as a visiting lecturer in 1977, having previously served as Curator of Post-Confederation Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Special Instructor and Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and rose to the rank of Full Professor in 1987.

Dennis has an outstanding record of achievement and is highly regarded as a leading expert in Canadian art with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of numerous publications, including A Concise History of Canadian Painting, a text that has been in publication for more than 30 years and is considered the definitive volume on the art of Canada. Dennis has also served various roles in his over 30-year career at the Art Gallery of Ontario, including Curator of Canadian Historical Art, Senior Curator of Canadian Art, Chief Curator, Director of Collections & Research, and Chief Curator of Research.

Dennis is an eminent art historian and scholar and has received multiple awards over his career including being named a Member of the Order of Canada (1998), Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Arts and Design (2000), receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Lethbridge (2001), and recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Please join us in thanking Prof. Reid for his service and the deep impact he has made to the department and the University. We will definitely miss his wisdom and experience and wish him a very happy retirement.

Congratulations to our SSHRC Insight Grants Awards Winners!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

In May 2018 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the winners of its 2017 Insight Grants Awards Competition. Congratulations to the following faculty members on winning these prestigious grant awards. These successes speak to the  excellence and capacity of our scholars.

Applicant: Mark A. Cheetham
Collaborators: Yi Gu, Aida Y. Wong (Brandeis University)
Analogy and the structures of art history in the global era

Applicant: Joseph L. Clarke
Open office design and the acoustics of the knowledge economy, 1960-1980

Applicant: Kajri Jain
Inorganic nature and public space in post-liberalization India

A list of all SSHRC Insight Grants award winners can be found online at:

Prof. Evonne Levy a Guest Professor at Max Plank Institute in Rome

Friday, June 22, 2018

Professor Evonne Levy in the Sala del Disegno of the Palazzo Zuccari, the seat of the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome.
Photo by Enrico Fontolan

Professor Evonne Levy is currently holding a distinguished guest research professorship serving as the Wittkower Guest Professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, a Max Plank Institute located in the 16th-century palace of the painter Federico Zuccari in Rome, Italy.

One of the primary focuses of her visit is to continue work on the Wölfflin Project, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded project begun in 2013 to study Heinrich Wölfflin and his seminal 1915 text, The Principles of Art History.

For more information on Professor Levy’s guest professorship and trip to Rome, check out this report from the University of Toronto Missisagua’s Research Office.

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