• Art History at Hamline University

    The study of art history involves the analysis of art and architecture within a cultural framework and is thus highly interdisciplinary in approach.  The goals of the department are to enhance students' perceptual and analytical abilities and improve research and writing skills. Through foundation courses, specialized electives, and advanced seminars art history students gain the ability to work independently on a senior research project that is the culmination of undergraduate art history studies.

  • Department News

    Explore Featured News Stories featuring the Department of Studio Arts and Art History. 
    Discover more about the Current Exhibition in the Soeffker Gallery.


  • Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Art History.

  • Art History Facilities

    The Department of Studio Arts and Art History maintains a collection of more than 80,000 slides and digital images. The 2,000-square-foot painting studio has almost 1,000 square feet of north light. The printmaking studio is equipped for the intaglio printmaking process. Housed in separate buildings are 2,130 square feet of sculpture and drawing studios. The sculpture studio is equipped for clay modeling and plaster casting. The Soeffker Gallery, a 900-square-foot, secure and climate-controlled gallery houses the permanent collection and features annual exhibitions that have brought national attention to the university.


  • Additional News

    Sheila O

    MFA faculty Sheila O’Connor launches her newest, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, with two local bookstore events: Saturday, April 7, in Minneapolis and Sunday, April 13, in St. Paul.


    Andrew Wykes, professor in the Department of Studio Arts and Art History and specialist in contemporary painting, is featured in the film Painting the Place Between which was broadcast on Minnesota TPT/PBS on Saturday, February 24.


    The Department of Studio Arts and Art History invites the community to the Soeffker Gallery for a juried exhibition of studio art majors' work. The exhibition runs through March 23.

    Kelly Barnhill Dreadful 250

    MFAC faculty and 2017 Newbery Medal-winning author Kelly Barnhill’s collection of short stories and a novella, Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, is out now from Algonquin Books.