The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism is pleased to welcome three new tenure-track Assistant Professors: for fall 2014 Shiben Banerji, Seth Kim-Cohen, and starting in fall 2015 Mechtild Widrich. Also, promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor from Instructor are Margaret MacNamidhe and (with the Department of Fiber and Material Studies) Shannon Stratton.

Starting in fall 2014, we launch the Master of Arts in Art History Design History Track, a specialized course of study within the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History.


The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) engages the history of art and design across the globe as informed by contemporary theories and practices. We are situated in a comprehensive art school and connected to a world-class art museum. Our curriculum is the most extensive of its kind in the country.

We offer more than 100 courses in Art History, Theory, and Criticism each semester and have 15 full-time faculty and more than 30 part-time faculty teaching modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. In addition to offering degrees in modern and contemporary art history at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the department is fully integrated into studio and design education across SAIC.

Interested in learning more?

Click around this website for more information on the curriculum, faculty and resources offered through the department. For recent news, see the 2013–2014 Welcome Letter from the Chair.

Interested in learning how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate or graduate admissions websites or contact the admissions office at 800.232.7242 or admiss@saic.edu.