Welcome to School of Art & Art History UIC at Chicago

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Educating the next generation of artists, visionary scholars, creative thinkers, and innovators

Thank you for your interest in School of Art & Art History UIC at Chicago.

My name Lisa Yun Lee, the School’s Director.

We are committed to educating the next generation of artists, visionary scholars, creative thinkers, and innovators at one of the world’s most distinctive places to study art and art history. As part of a public urban research university, we foster the creation of knowledge that makes an impact on and transforms the world.

Our curriculum, public programs and engagement within communities support your growth as a fearless and ambitious artist and scholar, developing the critical tools you need to succeed in a global society.

Our School is the intellectual and creative home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and scholars. MacArthur geniuses, Guggenheim Fellows, Whitney Biennial artists and curators, and distinguished, internationally acclaimed art historians have all taught here. We cultivate a place where art and art history can be studied intensively, with a one-on-one relationship between student and teacher and as part of a supportive creative community. We believe in the importance of interdisciplinary thinking and work, and blur the boundaries of theory and practice, critical thought and engagement. The work emanating from UIC has changed the way people experience, see, and understand the world.

We don’t have a complicated curriculum or heavy departmental requirements. We help you become the best artist, scholar, critical thinker, and socially engaged global citizen that you can be. Our programs are interdisciplinary and allow you to take courses across the campus from any discipline and department. We offer a BA, MA, and PhD in Art History, a MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies, and a BFA and MFA in Art.  You can also Minor in Art, Art History or Musuem and Exhibition Studies if you are a student at UIC.

Our campus, designed by the acclaimed, maverick architect Walter Netsch, reflects a commitment to an urban open campus that allows the research university to become part of the fabric of Chicago, the world’s greatest city for the study of art and art history.   


Our School is anchored by two other remarkable institutions that are resources for our students: Gallery 400, a leading edge contemporary art gallery that presents provocative and challenging exhibitions and lectures, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a National Historic Site and Museum committed to social justice and experimental museum practices.   



The energy and excitement in our school is palpable. I am thrilled to work, teach, play, and build community here. There is no other place like it in the world. Please come by for a visit, email us with questions at SAAH@uic.edu, or call us at 312.355.5972. You can also contact a recruitment coordinator at 312.413.9427.

Lisa Yun Lee, PhD
UIC School of Art & Art History