R1 Research Profile

The Department of Art History stewards one of the premier university art collections in the Midwest. The UWM Art Collection (UWMAC) encompasses 7,600 artworks – prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include works by: Rembrandt, Dürer, Hogarth, Kollwitz, Whistler, Renoir, Calder, Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Oldenburg, and Rauschenberg. It also includes exceptional holdings of African art from nearly one hundred different cultural areas and twenty-three different countries. The collection serves as a research engine for graduate theses and exhibitions, as well as for ongoing collaborative study by faculty. In 2017, the Art History Gallery was transformed into a state-of-the-art 2,400 square feet exhibition space, renamed the Emile H. Mathis II Gallery.

In recent years, faculty in the Department of Art History have:

  1. Received over $1,150,000.00 in research funding through UWM internal, federal, international, and private grant and fellowship programs including: the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Samuel H. Kress, Australia Council for the Arts, The Getty Research Institute, Bard Graduate Center, Brown University, and the UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities (2005-present),
  1. Published 115 monographs, edited volumes, peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, and invited essays (2010-present)
  1. Delivered over 170 public lectures, including keynote addresses, conference presentations, panels organized/chaired, and invited talks (2010-present)
  1. Provided peer-review for over 35 journals, publishers, and federal/international granting agencies (2010-present)
  1. Accepted commissions for three different subject essays in the peer-reviewed Oxford Bibliographies Online
  1. Curated 6 large-scale national and international art exhibitions at major art institutions/galleries (2010-present)
  1. Served as external Ph.D. readers (e.g., Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Cincinnati, Tulane, Trinity College Dublin), as well as thesis committees in Anthropology, English, Film Studies, and SARUP at UWM
  1. Served on editorial boards of national and international academic journals
  1. Served as board members for learned institutions including the Archaeological Institute of America, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the International Center of Medieval Art, and  Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
  1. Formed internship partnerships with local public and private museums, galleries, and art institutions, including the Haggerty Museum of Art, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Kohler Foundation, the Chipstone Foundation, and the Milwaukee Art Museum