The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History is a center for innovative research and graduate education in the history of art. Research and teaching at the O’Donnell Institute focus on artworks held in Dallas-Fort Worth collections, which together open onto a history of art that ranges across geography, chronology, and medium. The O’Donnell Institute is housed in offices at the University of Texas at Dallas and in a research center at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Designed by Buchanan Architecture, the 1,882–square-foot satellite campus at the DMA is equipped with state-of-the-art digital art history research tools and provides unique access to the art museum’s collections and the resources held at the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library. The research center is located on Mezzanine 2, adjacent to the Mayer Library.
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History was founded at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014 with a generous endowment from arts patron Edith O’Donnell. In 2019 Dr. Michael L. Thomas was appointed Director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, succeeding the Founding Director, Dr. Richard Brettell.