University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture


Loan from Met to UO museum provides research opportunities across disciplines

Tucked away in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, in a small alcove embraced by four oil paintings, are two glass cases displaying five objects from the 14th through 16th centuries. Some museum-goers walk right past the cases, not realizing they’ve just bypassed the chance to see original works of art on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

virgin and child statue


UO art historian's expertise lands JSMA exhibition of rare 17th century tapestries

A monumental set of ten newly restored 17th century tapestries that once hung in the Vatican will be exhibited in two cities in 2017-18: New York and Eugene. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) will display the Barberini Life of Christ, one of the most important surviving examples of baroque tapestry, from September 23, 2017, through January 21, 2018.



‘Art and Politics’ speaker highlights intersections of gender, politics, history

Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift spoke at UO on “Hair, Hemlines and Husbands: The Image of the Female Politician.” She was invited to UO by Professor James Harper as part of his “Art and Politics” class, offered every election year.

Harper and Swift


A&AA lands top talent across disciplines

A&AA welcomes new tenure-track faculty in art, landscape architecture, art history, historic preservation, and planning, public policy and management.

new faculty


Research on Mongolian rock art culminates in awards, books, preservation legacy by UO art history professor

After nearly two decades of field research in Mongolia’s rugged backcountry to document the region’s archaeology, Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, UO professor emerita of art history, was recently honored by the Mongolian government for her leadership in preserving that nation’s cultural heritage. Around the O recently featured an extensive profile about her work, which integrates human culture and landscape.

Esther Jacobson-Tepfer