Art History

Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Art History research?

  • Study of the history of artistic creation focusing on the artistic works of the past and determines their methods of production and the meanings within their particular historical contexts.

How can I do research in Art History at UAlbany?

  • In the context of regular coursework such as presentations and research papers in Art History classes
  • Through the required Research Seminar in the major
  • Independent studies, honors projects, internships
  • Department website indicates each individual faculty member's research interests
  • Students may contact Prof. Sarah Cohen for opportunities in Art History

Some other resources to explore

  • College Art Association at It has a student membership and covers current research in Art History
  • International Center for Medieval Art at
  • Undergraduate Honors Conference

Potential upcoming research possibility

Prof. Michael Werner, Roman archaeologist, has applied for a grant from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation in support of work at Sirmium, an early-fourth-century Roman site in what is today Serbia. If his application is successful, he will be able to bring one or two advanced undergraduates with him to Serbia to research with professional conservators some of Sirmium's fourth-century mosaics.

If you like Art History, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in:

Art,  Medieval and Renaissance Studies, History, Documentary Studies

Department Contact
Dr. Sarah Cohen