Welcome to the University of California, Riverside Art History Graduate Student Association (AHGSA) conference website. Since 2012, the conference has been held each spring at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts in Downtown Riverside. It is student-run, free, open to the public, and supported by the Department of the History of Art at UCR. 

The conference presents original research from graduate students across the disciplines that deal with visual and material culture, in conjunction with a keynote address from a practicing artist, academic, or relevant interlocutor. A cornerstone event of our community, the goal is to generate dialogue on compelling topics related to the creation, mobilization, theorization, and historicization of the arts, broadly defined. 

We invite you to browse this site for more information on the 2023 conference—Decay into Chaos—as well as past conferences.

To register to attend, visit our Registration tab. To read more about the 2023 theme, or submit a paper for consideration, visit our Call for Papers page.


Decay into Chaos can be accessed synchronously at:

Time: May 20, 2023 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 926 4730 8045
Passcode: 052023


This year’s conference coordinators are Becky Luo and Elizabeth Carleton.  

UCR Land Acknowledgement:

We at UCR would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water, and air: the Cahuilla [ka-weeahh], Tongva [tong-va], Luiseño [loo-say-ngo], and Serrano [se-ran-oh] peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present, and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.
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