History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Emre Gönlügür (PhD, 2014) awarded Research Support Grant by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Emre Gönlügür (PhD, 2014) was awarded a Research Support Grant by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for his research project entitled “Unheimlich in Foreign Land? Sir Henry Bulwer’s Gothic Castle in Constantinople.” The project aims at a reconstruction of the aesthetic and political context of British Ambassador Bulwer’s neo-Norman mansion built on the remote, uninhabited Isle of Yassiada in the Sea of Marmara in 1859. Emre will conduct research at the British National Archives and Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

In memoriam, W. McAllister Johnson, 1939–2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

W. McAllister Johnson 1939-2016

W. McAllister Johnson.
Perth area, 2013.

The Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art is very saddened to announce the passing of of Faculty Emeritus W. McAllister Johnson on August 23, 2016.  As per Mac’s wishes, there will be no funeral or remembrance service.

Please listen to this podcast, dated 2010 which gives an idea of some of his scholarly activities over four decades.


Shirley Beatty, Class of 1951, establishes new Undergraduate Scholarships

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Shirley Beatty, Class of 1951, Department of Art and Archaeology, has donated $350,000 to establish the William R. and Shirley Beatty Undergraduate Scholarships. These are to benefit undergraduate students of the Department of History of Art with the highest level of financial need. Shirley Beatty wants  to ensure that students continue to have access to the wonderfully fulfilling experience she had of studying art here, whatever their circumstances. In making this investment she wants to send a message to these students and to others: namely, that the study of art and the broader humanities is immensely valuable to us as individuals, as a society and a civilization.

Graduate Department of Art to offer two compressed courses for graduate students during the Winter 2015 term

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Graduate Department of Art will be offering two compressed or “sprint” courses for graduate students during the Winter 2015 term:

FAH 3000H S – “Early Mass Visual Culture in the United States” – a special graduate seminar, sponsored by Centre for the Study of the United States/Graduate Department of Art.
Professor Michael Leja, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania.

FAH 3013H S – “Problems in Song Dynasty Painting”
Alfreda Murck, the Bernard Herman Distinguished Visiting Scholar

For more details on courses offered, click here.

Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art to host Connecting Art Histories project

Monday, November 17, 2014


The Department of History of Art, St. George campus, and the Tri-Campus Graduate Program in the History of Art are pleased to announce that they are embarking on a Getty Foundation-funded Connecting Art Histories Project, “Global and Postglobal Perspectives on Medieval Art and Art History,” in partnership with the School of Arts and Humanities at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA). Through a program of exchange teaching and funded fieldtrips for faculty and students at both institutions to sites in China and Sicily, this project aims to develop connective and comparative understandings of medieval art and art history in China and North America. In this way it seeks to establish durable links between scholars and graduate students of medieval art, broadly conceived, in both regions, thus contributing to the worldwide growth of the discipline of art history.

For more information about the Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories initiative, click HERE.

For detailed information about the UofT-GAFA project for current and prospective students, HERE.

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