Fred Shane (American painter, 1906-1992), "University of Missouri", MU Museum of Art & Archaeology


The Department of Art History and Archaeology teaches, and interprets through research and publication, the visual and material culture of the classical world, Europe, and the Americas. This mission is supported by nine full-time faculty members, and by a combination of departmentally-managed visual and archival resources rare in American universities.

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AIA Lecture Series 
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dr. Cinnamon Brown
Assistant Professor of History
Westminster College

"Digging up the Past: Tales from an Archaeological Dig at Moore's Mill"

112 Lefevre Hall
Reception at 5:00 p.m., Lecture 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Central Missouri Society of the Archaeological Institute of America


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In addition to providing elements of a liberal education, the program prepares students who wish to specialize in art history or classical archaeology for graduate work.


The department considers the M.A. a broad training program characterized by a diversity of courses.

The Ph.D. qualifies the holder for teaching positions in colleges and universities and for curatorial positions in museums.

AHAGSA, the Art History & Archaeology Graduate Student Association web page for news and information to/from grad students in the department.



Our faculty and staff reflect the widening scope of our discipline with particular strengths in the areas of classical archaeology, the arts of the Americas; the history of architecture; Byzantine and medieval art; gender, sexuality, and the arts; material culture; and the transmission of the classical tradition in later European and American art..

The Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Capitoline Museum in Rome have formed a partnership, "Hidden Treasures of Rome," to advance the study of ancient Roman artifacts. Faculty and graduate students will be studying these objects, the first of which arrived in September 2014.
See also Museum page; University News Bureau; New York Times


Visual Resources Center
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Faculty standards documents
Criteria for Doctoral Faculty Membership (pdf)
Performance Standards for Post-Tenure Review (pdf)
Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure (pdf)


Department News

Fall 2015

Professor Michael Yonan participated in the Fourteenth Quadrennial Congress on the Enlightenment, organized by the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and held at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in late July. In addition to reading a paper called “Friedrich August Krubsacius, Enlightenment Formal Systems, and the Rococo Material World,” he co-organized a panel called "The International Thread: Lace and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Europe” with Prof. Tara Zanardi, Hunter College/CUNY.


The Department of Art History and Archaeology is pleased to welcome Dr. Marcello Mogetta as our new Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology. Dr. Mogetta completed his PhD at the University of Michigan (2013), and currently holds a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Institut für Klassische Archäologie und Topoi, at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research centers on the formation of Roman material culture in Italy, particularly as it relates to state formation and Rome's expansion in Italy. His dissertation examined the origins of concrete architecture in Rome and Pompeii; an article challenging the accepted dating and social context of early concrete building will appear in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Roman Studies. Dr. Mogetta is also managing director of the Gabii Project, an important excavation of an early urban center in Latium. We are excited to welcome Marcello and his family to Columbia in the fall.

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