Message from Dean D’Alleva

Welcome to UConn’s School of Fine Arts!

We offer our students the best of two worlds, combining professional arts training with the unparalleled academic opportunities offered by a leading national research university. 

All four of our academic departments –  Art and Art HistoryDigital Media and DesignDramatic Arts, and Music – offer degrees at the graduate and undergraduate levels, graduate certificates, and enrichment programs. We emphasize creative and academic achievement, innovative interdisciplinarity, career readiness, and diverse and global perspectives on the arts.

At the School of Fine Arts we strive every day to create an environment that is truly diverse and welcoming of all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The arts thrive when they are both fully inclusive and also fully collaborative. We work closely with the University’s cultural centers and cultural studies programs to create courses and develop programming.

In fact, the School of Fine Arts offers a full calendar of performances and exhibitions to enrich cultural life on campus and in the region. The William Benton Museum of Artthe Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, the Contemporary Art Galleriesthe Connecticut Repertory Theatre, von der Mehden Recital Hall, and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry bring the arts to UConn and partner with our academic programs on innovative education initiatives.

Moreover, every UConn student is a School of Fine Arts student. During their time at UConn, all students can experience the arts – whether taking a General Education course, completing a Minor, playing in an ensemble, or attending performances and exhibitions.

We invite you to join us!

Anne D’Alleva, Dean

The School of Fine Arts acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.  We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.


Anne D’Alleva joined the University of Connecticut in the fall of 1999 as a joint appointment to Art History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She has served as a member of the University’s Academic Vision committee as well as chair of the UConn Reads steering committee.  She was appointed the Dean of the School of Fine Arts in 2015, after serving as Associate Dean for the School of Fine Arts and as the Head of the Art & Art History department.  She received her B.A in Art History from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University with a graduate certificate in feminist theory. Prior to her arrival at UConn, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at Australian National University and through the Getty Foundation.

Dean D’Alleva’s research interests include the arts of 18th and 19th-century Tahiti and the Society Islands, examining the ways that gender and the visual arts shaped interactions between Society Islanders and explorers, missionaries, and colonizers. She is also interested in contemporary Pacific Islands art and issues of gender, visual art, and performance. Dean D’Alleva’s publications include Arts of the Pacific Islands (Yale University Press, 2010, 2nd ed.) and an essay “On 1890s Tahiti” in Gauguin/Polynesia (2011), the catalogue for an international traveling exhibition organized by the Art Centre, Basel, Switzerland. Her books Look! The Fundamentals of Art History (2010, 3rd ed.)  and Methods and Theories of Art History (2012, 2nd ed.) have published in the United States and United Kingdom and are widely distributed in the English-speaking world, and have also been published in France, Poland, Korea, and the People’s Republic of China.