Art History Department

We The North

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Department of Art History congratulates the Toronto Raptors on their historic NBA Championship win and is ready to celebrate with the City of Toronto at today’s parade and rally!

A reminder that while the University is offering flexibility for faculty and staff who wish to attend the Raptors’ victory rally at Nathan Phillips Square, students should assume classes, assignments and exams are continuing unless notified otherwise.

For those heading to St. George campus today, please take note of the following road closures to accommodate the parade and rally:

  • Bay Street closed between Dundas and Richmond
  • Queen Street West closed between Yonge and University
  • Chestnut and Elizabeth closed
  • Armoury Street – restricted access

#WeTheNorthDay #RaptorsParade #WeTheNorth #WeTheChampions

Congratulations to our June 2019 Graduates

Thursday, June 13, 2019

On June 13, 2019 , graduands in the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs participated in the University’s convocation ceremonies at Convocation Hall.

The Graduate Department of Art History’s faculty and staff would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all graduates and wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

MA Graduates:

Karl-Magnus Gustav Brose, Jon-Paul Della Pia, Jessica Drymer, Gabrielle Janine Gervais, Ramana Konantz, Maria Mendoza Camba, Janet Elizabeth Panabaker, Erin Riddiford, Elizabeth Rose, Tatiana Thoennes, Laura Tibi, Julia Anne Trojanowski, Leslie Ann Wake

PhD Graduates:

Sasha Gorjeltchan, Chaya Litvick, Susan Slattery, Adam Douglas Swinton Welch

Art History Matters

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On Friday, May 31st, the Department of Art History held an event during the University of Toronto’s 2019 Alumni Reunion Week. The event, “Art History: Why Does It Matter?” drew together nine faculty members as well as twenty art professionals from across six sectors for a day of discussion and deliberation.

The six sectors represented included:

  1. Research and Educational Institutions
  2. Private and Corporate Collecting
  3. Information, Engagement, and Outreach
  4. Art Publication and Media
  5. Public and Museum Curating and Management
  6. Art Historians as Practicing Artists

Over one-hundred-and-fifty participants signed up for the event and had the option to learn about two of the six sectors during the breakout sessions. The lunch roundtable was an engaging and thoughtful discussion focused on answering two key questions: 1. Why does art history matter? 2. What is the future of art history?

As one of our participants noted, “In the meany years that I have been at the University of Toronto, I have never witnessed such a generous mingling and mixing of UofT Art History faculty–from across all three campuses at that. It was the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to hear [faculty members and colleagues] speak about what mattered to them, about Art History. It was a wonderful occasion.”

The event was accompanied by a virtual exhibition featuring eight artists, highlighting the relationship between image culture and art history. Artworks from the exhibition were digitally displayed throughout the day and an exhibition catalogue was created to commemorate the event.

The Department of Art History would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in “Art History: Why Does It Matter?” and hope to see you all at future Art History events. We were pleased to create an inviting atmosphere for the exchange of information, ideas, and opinions. The Department would also like to extend its utmost appreciation to our graduate students and members of GUStA, in particular Samantha Chang and Brittany Myburgh, for organizing a wonderful and successful event.






Art History: Why Does It Matter? (May 31, 2019)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A reminder that the Department of Art History will be holding an event during the 2019 Alumni Reunion Week:

Art History: Why Does It Matter?

Friday, May 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

We invite all current and prospective students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and alumni to attend a day of discussion and deliberation.

Organized by The Graduate Union of Students of Art, with support from the Student Initiative Fund and the Department of Art History, this one-day event with lectures, workshops, and panel discussions with faculty members, alumni, postdocs, and current students will answer questions such as “Why does art history matter?”, “How is an education in art relevant to my current studies?”, and “What can I do after graduation with an art history degree?” and more! The event is accompanied by an exhibition of both visual and literary works that respond to the nature of art.

For the full schedule, a list of speakers, and to register, please visit the event page:

Registration is free!
Please note that individuals must register through the website listed above.
Those who did not register through the specific event site will only be processed after the other registrants  have checked in. Due to space limitations, we may not be able to accommodate on-site  or late registrations.

For a list of all events offered during the 2019 Alumni Reunion, please click here.



Kajri Jain Podcast: On art, religion, business, and the work of the imagination

Thursday, May 9, 2019

View to the U: An eye on UTM research is a podcast run by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

In December 2018 the podcast featured an interview with Professor Kajri Jain about art, art history, and the importance of art and imagination in research and in today’s world.

To listen to the podcast, please click here:

A full transcript of the podcast is also available here:,Dec2018.pdf


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