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. 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"
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 the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, and others. Morris art history students have gone on to graduate work at places like Indiana University, Ohio State University, the University of Chicago, and many other prestigious programs.
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]; and
- Readings in Surrealism
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.
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.