Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

The Department of Art History and Art Conservation is the place at Queen’s to explore and understand our visual world, past or present. Home to a diverse array of distinguished scholars in the fields of global arts, architecture, museum, and material studies, we are a dynamic community of faculty, students, and staff engaging in creative and socially-relevant teaching and research. Whether it’s in an intimate seminar room or at the Venice Biennale, our students gain valuable learning experiences preparing them to be innovative thinkers and leaders in the arts and cultural sector - and beyond. 

The Department is comprised of three related programs and offers degrees in the following areas: an Undergraduate Program in Art History (BA), a Graduate Program in Art History (MA/PhD), and a Graduate Program in Art Conservation (MAC)

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  • Students in Prof. Stephanie Dickey's seminar on the history of printmaking celebrating the opening of their exhibition Quest for Colour at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

    Students in Prof. Stephanie Dickey's seminar on the history of printmaking celebrating the opening of their exhibition Quest for Colour at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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  • $54 million (CAD) gift from Bader Philanthropies to renew university gallery, re-home the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, and create new possibilities of learning through art
  • art history student examines art work

    Art History Master's student Frances Wallace is taking a closer look at Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1554 ink drawing, Landscape after Campagnola, during a trip to Vienna for ARTH 844. 

  • Class looking at works of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

    Prof. Bailey's students from the course, Caravaggio and Artemisia (ARTH 451), examining works of art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 

  • Individual working with equipment on an art piece.

    Many experiential learning opportunities exist at Queen’s, including internships, practicums, and co-curricular activities. Lauren Buttle (MAC’15), above, said her summer internships brought greater confidence and skills to her work in the Master of Art Conservation program.

  • Graduate students conducting research in St. Mary's Cathedral

    Art History graduate students Abby Berry and Eleanor Mackie learn how to digitally scan the interior of St. Mary's Cathedral in Kingston. 

  • Student Zine screen shot

    An sample from the zine created by the students from Feminism, Art, Art History (ARTH 310) taught by Professor Jen Kennedy. 

  • A. D'Souza and Merray Gerges at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

    Aruna D'Souza discusses her work, "Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest in Three Acts" with Canadian Art editor Merray Gerges at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

  • student working on Greek icon in art conservation lab

    Art Conservation (MAC, 18) Brandon Finney working on a Greek icon from a private collection which had split into two pieces. Brandon is pictured here removing some old restoration adhesive from the joint before re-joining the pieces. 

  • Colonial Architecture

    Detail of Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, as photographed by Professor Gauvin Bailey during his research on European colonial uses of ancient Buddhist and Hindu sites as inspiration for indigenizing colonial architecture.

  • Exhibition

    Split between I and the Gaze at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Curated by the students of ARTH 422/868, Habiba Abo El Esaad, Maddison Andrews, Abby Berry, Annie Brennand, Drew Burton, Amanda Collins, Laura Dionne, Samara Fruitman, Grace Guest, Eden Gundle, Rachael Havens, Lea Lotey-Goodman, Sarah Punzalan, Reed Smith, Emily Sparacino, Maddy Stanton, Violet Tang, Jessee Vaughan, Tessa Wilson, Demi Yang, and Yanny Zhang

  • Lithuania Pavilion

    ARTH 380 students Mckenzie Holbrook, Meghan Webster, and Sarah Swedeberg performing in the Golden Lion winning Lithuania Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. 

Remembering Alfred Bader

Portrait of Alfred Bader


Art Conservation

Image of students in the art conservation lab

Art History Graduate Program

Venice Summer School

Venice of Italy