The Art History Graduate Students Association of York University (AHGSA) seeks to represent the interests of those in the art history graduate program. The primary function of AHGSA is to organize events that directly relate to, and supplement, the art history program through conferences, peer-reviewed journals, panel discussions, guest lectures, and curated exhibitions. AHGSA provides a democratic forum that allows for all members to participate in planning and implementing decisions regarding events or the functions of AHGSA.

Since 2001, AHGSA’s main initiative is mounting the annual Graduate Symposium to facilitate discussion on pressing moments in contemporary art and culture.