A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe History of Art Building and the 55th anniversary of the History of Art Department

November 1, 2014 - Homecoming Saturday at The University of Pennsylvania

Art History Matters Panel Discussion
10-12 noon in the Rose Recital Hall, Room 419 in Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street

A panel of distinguished Penn alumni, faculty and friends will lead an interactive discussion around compelling questions such as: How can art history help us navigate our image-rich culture? Is art collecting more than an investment strategy? How many art historians does it take to change the world?

Panelists Include:
Kathy Sachs (CW’69, PAR’95)
Michael Rosenfeld (C’84)
Kimberly Michelle Brown (GR’04)
Michael J. Lewis (G’85, GR’89)
Matthew Ritchie (Practicing artist)


Welcome to one of the country's leading programs for the History of Art and one of the most active organizations on the Penn campus. At home in the Jaffe History of Art Building, we are located at both a physical and a virtual crossroads for Penn's vibrant community of students and teachers.

We offer a wide variety of undergraduate instruction to satisfy the curiosity and pique the interest of students. General liberal arts majors and specialists are provided for equally. Our courses regularly transport students to Philadelphia's museums, galleries and historic sites, and we offer seminars in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Arthur Ross Gallery, in which students devise and organize exhibitions. The department is home to the Visual Studies program and is a significant contributor to the new major in Cinema Studies.

Our renowned graduate program is sustained by the Faculty of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, whose collegial appointments drawn from elsewhere in the University enriches the scope and expands the size of the department. The department also hosts the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, underscoring the breadth of our interests.

We are proud that our faculty have received all of the University's teaching awards (the Abrams, College Alumni Society, and Lindback prizes), and that faculty scholarship has won the major prizes of the College Art Association and the Society of Architectural Historians. History of Art faculty are also recipients of the major fellowships that support scholarly work: Guggenheim, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Humanities Center, Woodrow Wilson Center, etc.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to this site, and we invite you to visit us in person.