Research Opportunities

We encourage you to participate in research during your time at the U. There are many opportunities for collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Art, and we strive to provide a supportive intellectual environment for student scholars from varying racial, ethnic, religious, social class, sexual identity, and national backgrounds.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

You can gain valuable research experience as undergraduates by participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

We encourage you to apply for this program. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, UROP supports research projects dedicated to fulfilling the U of M’s commitment to research and expanding the store of human knowledge and expression. If your application is successful, you will receive a stipend to support your research and have the opportunity to present your research at various university symposia.

Students who earn a UROP will be mentored by one of nearly 3,000 diverse faculty members and will meet other students who share a passion for discovery about the human condition. UROP will help you delve deeper into a personal topic of interest and importance under the supervision of a faculty member in the department.

Other Opportunities

  • HECUA: Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (offered during spring semesters)
    What is art for? Who is allowed to be an artist? Where do you find art, and what happens when it finds you? Seek the answers to these questions not in a gallery or a museum, but on busy street corners, vacant storefronts, and empty lots. Meet local artists whose work addresses issues of inequity and injustice. Step into a poetry mobile and tour a formerly foreclosed house transformed into a living museum. Tap into a growing movement of artists pushing the boundaries of what creative expression does, where it unfolds, and whose voice it amplifies. Students dive into debates about access, gentrification, and funding for public art projects, and see first-hand how artists in Minneapolis are asking hard questions, opening new dialogues, and building power in their neighborhoods.