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Why Study Art at the University of Minnesota?

The Department of Art is located in Regis Center for Art: 145,000 square feet of modern space dedicated to art production, exhibition, and studio art education. The Regis Center houses state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, foundry, ceramics, digital fabrication, imaging and editing, printmaking, drawing and painting studios, black and white photography labs, and digital moving image studios. The Regis Center for Art also houses the The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, a 5,000 square foot research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. Regis West and the Quarter Gallery provide additional exhibition space.

Our department provides instruction for graduate and undergraduate students in four areas of study:

  • Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking
  • Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice
  • Photography and Moving Images
  • Sculpture and Ceramics

Our students benefit from the resources of a world-renowned institution dedicated to research, education, and outreach in the context of an interdisciplinary and critically rigorous studio environment. Courses focus on the conceptual and material understanding of creative practice and also on the significance of art within the broader social and historical contexts in which it is made.

We see ourselves as a laboratory in which students from all disciplines can engage with the unique skills and modes of thinking that art-making demands. The immediacy of making and the risks of experimentation combined with necessary critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving produces a transformative learning experience that parallels innovation in any field.

Our faculty are all practicing artists with accomplished and active exhibition careers, and their passion for teaching and research creates a rigorous and challenging environment for students.

Our urban location gives students access to one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the nation, and internship and career opportunities across a wide spectrum of arts-related professions. Internationally renowned institutions such as the Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and numerous local galleries provide inspiration, resources, and exhibition opportunities.

After graduation, our students embark upon a wide variety of careers in studio practice, teaching, nonprofit arts organizations, and creative services. We are continually expanding collaborations with other academic departments, community, and international partners to provide students with pathways to professional opportunities in the arts and beyond.