UMKC Catalog


Department of Art and Art History

Fine Arts Building, Room 204
5015 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO   64110
(816) 235-1501

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University of Missouri - Kansas City
Department of Art and Art History
5100 Rockhill Road
Fine Arts Building, Room 204
Kansas City, MO   64110

Department Chair:
Elijah Gowin Contact  Information

Frances S. Connelly Contact Information
Burton L. Dunbar Contact Information Principal Graduate Advisor in Art History
Elijah Gowin Contact  Information
Kati Toivanen Contact Information
Maude Wahlman  Contact Information Dorothy & Dale Thompson/Missouri Endowed Professor of Global Arts
Rochelle Ziskin  Contact Information

Associate Professors:
Barry Anderson Contact Information
Paul Tosh Contact Information

Assistant Professor:
Cristina Albu Contact Information
Richard W. Allman  Contact Information Principal Graduate Advisor in Studio Art

Research Associate Professor and Joint Appointment with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art:
Robert Cohon  Contact Information

Full-time Lecturer:
Davin Watne  Contact Information Principal Undergraduate Advisor in Studio Art

Visual Resources Director:
Carla Gilliland Poirier  Contact Information

Olson Professor:
Craig A. Subler  Contact  Information

Professors Emeriti:
Eric J. Bransby
William Crist
George Ehrlich
Geraldine E. Fowle
Stephen Gosnell
Leonard Koenig
Barbara Mueller

Instructor Emeritus:
Nancy DeLaurier


Department Description

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Program Overview

Degree programs in Studio Art and Art History at UMKC are the B.A. and the M.A. Art History also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. All the programs provide an exciting educational experience in a liberal arts setting.

The Studio Art faculty is comprised of accomplished and actively exhibiting artists, offering courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, digital imaging, motion design, and photography. The faculty of six art historians, one a joint appointment with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, offer courses in the art and architecture of Ancient, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, Modern European, Contemporary, and American, Native American, African, and African-American cultures. The strong adjunct faculty consists of local artists, art educators and professionals. Curators from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art regularly offer advanced Art History courses, most recently on topics like Decorative Art, Asian Art, Islamic Art and the Spiritual in Contemporary Art.

Outside of the classroom, physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios and art organizations in Kansas City community offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists, and enrichment programs to supplement coursework. Classes make use of the extensive collections at The Nelson-Atkins located three blocks away, as well as the major contemporary collections in Kansas City, including those of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Belger Arts Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Kansas City is nationally known for its vibrant arts scene, with the UMKC Gallery of Art, the Urban Culture Project, the H&R Block Artspace, Grand Arts and the many galleries in Crossroads Arts district. Research in Art History is supported by the Miller-Nichols Library at UMKC, the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Linda Hall Library.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Studio Art include education, arts administration and practicing art and design in fields of graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts and illustration. Graduates in the Studio Art programs at UMKC have found employment with Artist Inc, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Review Publishing, the Kansas City Municipal Commission and as successful independent artists. Students have been accepted into graduate programs at institutions including the University of Missouri at Columbia, Sam Fox School at Washington University, Guildhall at Southern Methodist University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Career paths in Art History include work in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science. Graduates from the Art History M.A. program at UMKC have found positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the H&R Block Artspace, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Avila University, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as right here at UMKC. The M.A. degree at UMKC provides an excellent preparation for doctoral work. Degree requirements are structured to give students a thorough background in research methodology, and courses are taught by faculty actively involved in research. Our graduates have continued their work toward the Ph.D. at institutions including the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Kansas.