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“Art can make us see the world differently, and if we begin to see differently, we begin to think and act differently as well. ”

—Marcia Tucker, New Museum founding curator

Art is essential to a sustainable liberal arts education. It teaches us to see, claim beauty, make sense of the world, and express ourselves. In the Studio Art discipline, inspiration and creativity grow from the diversity of ideas experienced within a small campus community.

Our curriculum balances a solid foundation of drawing, design, and art history with technical skills, critical thinking, and creative exploration in a range of media and programs. Whether you’re hoping to maximize your own creative potential as a studio artist, prepare for graduate school, or teach, here are some of the advantages of studying studio art at the University of Minnesota, Morris:

  • You become part of a close-knit community of studio art students and faculty, where your creative energies can flourish and be supported.

  • Your professors are just not teachers but working artists active in their distinctive fields.

  • We provide spacious studios in an award winning building along with an outdoor wood kiln.

  • Our classes are small and intense; professors truly get to know their students and students get to know their professor.

  • Our perception of art is worldly. We continue to engage contemporary art trends and philosophy on a regional, national, and international stage.


The Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery, one of the finest exhibit spaces in western Minnesota, showcases the work of both students and established artists throughout the academic year.

Student work is also frequently exhibited in businesses and communal living facilities including regional coffee shops and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, often as part of service learning coursework.