In Memoriam

James Cahill

Chinese Art

James Cahill passed away on February 14, 2014. Please see the Department’s announcement here. Here is some information about his memorial service.

James Cahill received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1958, and was Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art from 1958-1965. He taught at UC Berkeley from 1965 until his retirement in 1995. He was a recipient of the College...

Peter Selz


Peter Selz taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-1988 where he concurrently served as founder and director of the university art museum from 1965-1973. Before joining UC Berkeley, Selz served as Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York from 1958-1965. Throughout his career, he received several Fulbright awards and also held many visiting academic appointments around the world. The College Art Association appointed Selz to their board of directors for two terms, 1958-1964 and 1966-1971.

Andrew Stewart

Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology


Andrew F. Stewart

Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, Emeritus

UC Berkeley

(Aug. 23, 1948 – Jan. 13, 2023)

Andrew F. Stewart, after a long, challenging, but determined struggle with respiratory disease, passed away on January 13, 2023. His departure leaves a very large gap not only in his departments and the university but in the larger fields of Greek art and archaeology. He is widely acknowledged as among a handful of the most distinguished scholars of Greek sculpture anywhere in the world. Classical civilization has...

Joanna Williams

Professor Emerita
Art of India & Southeast Asia

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969
M.A., Radcliff College, 1961
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1960

In Memoriam

Members of the History of Art Department have recently established an endowment fund to celebrate the contributions of Professor Emerita Joanna G. Williams and to support Berkeley’s legacy in the field of South and Southeast Asian art. The Joanna G. Williams Endowment honors Joanna’s contributions to the field over the past five...

David H. Wright

Professor Emeritus
Art from Augustus to Charlemagne

David Herdon Wright, age 88, passed away June 12, 2018. He taught at UC Berkeley from 1963-2009. Early Christian art was his speciality, he published widely on early Christian and Pagan manuscripts, coins, and sculptures. In the last few years of teaching he offered a course on classic film and another on UCB campus plan.