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Art History Research Opportunities & Collaborations

  • Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)
  • Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)
  • Art History Book Award Winners, 2014
  • Vatican (2006 Spring Break Trip)
  • Rome (2010 Spring Break Trip)
  • Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery
  • Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

Good art and good conversation at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

At The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

At the Great Famine Memorial, Dublin, Ireland (UMM Study Abroad Trip)

Happy UMMers at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence (UMM Spring Break Trip)

UMMers mercifully pardoned by Marcus Aurelius in Rome

Transfixed by art at the UMM Morrison Art Gallery

Art History Book Award Recipient, 2015

The Art History Discipline at Morris offers its students numerous opportunities for professional advancement. It is important for undergraduates to have the chance to pursue their areas of interest and to begin to take part in scholarly activities to get a head start on careers or graduate programs.

Conference Presentations

Working closely with faculty, art history students can write and deliver papers at local and regional conferences. Some examples of presentations include:

  • "Hands On! Creating a Virtual Exhibit of Hands as Represented in the History of Art"
  • "Roman Treasure, Greek Science"
  • "The Iconic Mrs. Jack: a Portrait of a Lady by John Singer Sargent"

Internships

Trips to area museums and special exhibitions are a regular part of the course of study, and Morris students have been very successful at winning internships at institutions like:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Walker Art Center

Morris art history students have gone on to graduate work at places like:

  • Indiana University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Chicago

Directed Study

Directed study in an area of special interest is another option for deepening research. Art history faculty will consult with interested students to help shape a program of study. Topics that are more focused work the best. Some examples of past successful directed studies are:

  • Focus Exhibition: The Women Degas Created [mock proposal and guide to a small exhibition on this theme]
  • Quilting and its Impact on Women in the U.S., Past and Present
  • An Evaluation of Children’s Art History Books and a Proposal for a New Series
  • Notre-Dame of Paris in Text and in Reality [combined with the Morris July in Paris program]
  • Contemporary Art in Cameroon [combined with a study abroad program]
  • Readings in Surrealism

Teaching

Teaching assistantships are available for upper–level majors in the Art History Discipline. Typically, students will assist with the introductory core courses.

Contact the professor teaching the course of interest at least two months prior to the start of the semester to learn about opportunities.

Awards

The Art History Book Award is presented each spring to a graduating senior in the discipline who has shown high potential for continued achievement in the field. The award, a major scholarly publication by an eminent art historian in the winner’s area of focus, is funded by contributions from Morris alumni.

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 is required, and the review board, consisting of art history faculty and invited advisers, considers work done in the discipline and demonstration of commitment to the field.