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The Department of the History of Art & Architecture is horrified and saddened by the systemic racism and violence against African Americans in this country.  We are also energized and hopeful that the protests for justice on behalf of George Floyd and the many others who have died will effect real change.  We invite you to view the following video which provides a perspective on racism in this country and demonstrates the very real rage and sorrow this history has created. You may agree or disagree with the speaker, author Kimberly JonesLink opens an external site, but we hope this will help inspire thought and discussion in these unsettled times. There are no easy answers, only hard questions that we must collectively ask.

Study at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie Receives Guggenheim Foundation Award
Statement In Opposition To the Current Project for Munger Hall at UCSB
UCSB Arts Wins a First in Faculty Diversity
SBTHP Employment Opportunities: Design & Marketing Assistant


"Arabian Nights in the Mississippi Delta: The Embroideries of Ethel Wright Mohamed" argues that Ethel's work, Arabian Nights, "is a hybrid between a documentation of memory, a reinterpretation of stories, and a material embodiment of the potentialities of life in the Mississippi Delta."

The departmental fellowship will support Cali Brannan’s research project on the 17th-century Pomeranian Art Cabinet of Philipp Hainhofer.

"'An Oddly Bookish City': Neighborhood Libraries in Calcutta/Kolkata" tells an important story about the growth of libraries in the city and their relation to urban space.

Upcoming Events

Hear about studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London!

  1. September 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm


A view of the History of Art & Architecture's Center for Object Based Research and Learning before the inaugural meeting of ARTHI 186SV: Seminar in Modern Architecture: Bauhaus in California, taught by Professor Volker M. Welter in Fall 2019. Instructors hold courses in COBRAL to teach with objects borrowed from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum and the Architecture and Design Collection for study and facilitating discussion. (image taken 9/30/19)

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