A hand dips a brush into green paint in a messy tray of watercolor paints sitting on a gray, paint-splattered table next to a pile of brushes.


At the Regis Center for Art, we believe that art has the power to transform our understanding of the world.

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Why Art?

The artistic practice and research undertaken by our students and professors has a lasting impact on the individual, the community and the environment, and resonates on visceral, emotional and philosophical levels.

We experiment. We take risks. We engage critically and collaboratively with one another. With our work, we help to provide crucial leadership and context to the ongoing, urgent societal conversations that are taking place at the University and beyond, about our roles and responsibilities to ourselves, to one another, and to the planet itself.

One of the most significant advantages of studying art at the University of Minnesota is the opportunity to “hybridize” your education and skills. Many art majors, both BA and BFA students, complete an additional major or minor in a related career area, and non-majors gain not just credit but valuable skillsets across all of our disciplines.