Art History

Eight Caryatid Figures at the Albright Knox art gallery.

The Art History, Visual Studies and the Critical Museum Studies programs are committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture.

Art Research Library

The Art Research Library within the Department of Art contains a slide collection of approximately 

  • 167,000 images
  • 5,900 photographic prints
  • 14,026 digital images.  

The ARL includes common images used in Art History curricula across the country, and unique, highly valuable images such as 

  • hand-painted lantern slides
  • rare images from books which have gone out of print and were subsequently lost or discarded
  • photographs of art, Architecture, archeological sites taken by Art History faculty.  

The ARL also houses:

  • thesis papers, 
  • Lecture Series documentation
  • video recordings 
  • along with various catalogs and imagery from gallery shows, symposiums, and thesis exhibitions. 

Museums and Galleries

Buffalo and Western NY are fortunate to have a number of large institutional museums and galleries along with private commercial showcases for art. 

  • The Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • The Birchfield Penney Art Center
  • The Castellani Museum
  • The Anderson Galleries
  • The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada)
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO, Toronto, Canada)
  • The Power Plant (Toronto, Canada)