The School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma offers a unique Ph.D. Program with two areas of emphasis: Native American Art History and Art of the American West.
The School of Art and Art History is the largest, most comprehensive art school in Oklahoma and is the only institution in the state to offer a doctoral program in art history. The school serves approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate level students in art history, media, studio and visual communications with a faculty of 28 full-time artists, designers, scholars, a full-time Sculptor-in-Residence, the H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History and the Charles Marion Russell Memorial Chair of Art in the American West. The school is dedicated to promoting and supporting creative activity and scholarly research in the visual arts on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The School of Art and Art History houses extensive research material through the Indigenous Art Resources including books, publications, journals and articles, many of which are out of print; the Slide/Media Resources include more than 250,000 slides, digital images and videos; and the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West. These resources are combined with the University of Oklahoma’s Libraries, including a Fine Arts Library and the Western History Collection Library.
In addition, the University is home to two museums, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The University’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art houses significant holdings of Western American and Native American art, while strengths of the 8,000-object permanent collection also include works of French Impressionism, American painting (especially Taos and Santa Fe) and sculpture (including 20th-Century, Modernism and Southwestern), contemporary art, Native American art, Byzantine icons, Asian art, and photography. Both museums have significant holdings of Native American weaving, pottery, painting, beading and sculpture from Indian nations throughout Oklahoma and the United States.
The University of Oklahoma is only thirty minutes from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, approximately two hours from the Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums in Tulsa and about three hours from the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Under construction on the south side of Oklahoma City is a Native American Cultural Center and Museum. Oklahoma has thirty-nine federally recognized tribes and is rich in tribal culture, art and historic resources.
Members of the art history faculty include:
Dr. Robert Bailey, Assistant Professor (Modern and Contemporary Art), Ph.D. in Art History, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rozmeri Basic, Co-Interim Director, Professor (Ancient and Byzantine Art), Ph.D. in Art History and Comparative Arts, Ohio University
Dr. Alison Fields, Mary Lou Milner Carver Assistant Professor (Art of the American West), Ph.D. in American Studies, University of New Mexico
Dr. Kenneth Haltman, H. Russell Pitman Associate Professor (Art of the American West and American Art), Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University
Dr. Allison Palmer, Associate Professor (Renaissance and Baroque Art in Europe), Ph.D. in Art History, Rutgers University
Professor B. Byron Price, Director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West and Charles Marion Russell Professor (Art of the American West and Museum Studies), M.A. in Museum Studies, Texas Tech University
Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III, Eugene Adkins Presidential Professor and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art (Modern, Contemporary and Native American Art), Ph.D. in Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Mary Jo Watson, Director Emeritus and Regents' Professor (Native American Art), Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Art History, University of Oklahoma
Professor Victor Youritzin, David Ross Boyd Professor (Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European and American Art; Museum Studies), M.A. in Art History, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts