Themes

As a university art museum, the Kemper Art Museum continually engages with and contributes to the intellectual life of the Washington University and St. Louis communities. The Museum works with students and educators to encourage connections between art and other academic disciplines—from art history to social work, graphic design, medicine, neuroscience, literature, and local history—and engage in lively discussions centered on artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection.

These thematic lists, which contain only a small sampling of the Museum’s nearly 6,000 artworks, are designed to help students and educators start to discover the variety of artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection. Explore artworks that depict a range of subject matter like landscapes, mythology, and portraiture, and others that express themes of civil rights, culture, and identity, dating from ancient Greece to the contemporary period. 

By identity

African American art
Exile artists
Latino art
Native American art
Women artists

By nationality

British art
Chinese art
Dutch art
French art
French caricatures
German art
Greek art
Israeli art
Italian art
Japanese art
Near Eastern and Persian art
South African art
Spanish art

By theme

Art as a platform for conversation
Civil rights, politics, and war
Greek mythology
Landscapes
Medicine
Movement
Portraits
Religion
Sexuality and gender
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)

By time period

Early African art
Pre-Columbian art

To request your own thematic list, arrange a visit to the Museum’s Study Room, or discuss how to fit a themed tour in to your classroom plans contact Rochelle Caruthers, university academic programs coordinator, rochelle.caruthers@wustl.edu or 314.935.9433. To propose a Teaching Gallery exhibition, contact Allison Taylor, head of education and community engagement, at allison.taylor@wustl.edu or 314.935.7918.

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