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Study the role of art in shaping history and culture

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Discover how meaning is produced in visual culture

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Immerse yourself in local, regional and global art scenes

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Majors & Minors

Pursue a degree or take courses in art history, visual studies, and studio art.

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Gain practical experience doing art-related work at cultural institutions, art museums, commercial galleries, or non-profit organizations.

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Art on Campus

Several galleries on campus feature artwork from students as well as regional, national, and international artists.

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Ash Arder looking out from behind a shelf of records.

Artist in Residence

Is ‘convincing’ the new ‘real’?

Ash Arder Wraps up First Year as Artist-in-Residence

As the University’s first artist-in-residence, Ash Arder brings her artist’s sensibility to explorations of conceptual systems, from computer science and the nature of virtual reality to ecology and environmental humanities.

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Art history and business double major Gillian Gingher '19 served as events manager for student-run Hartnett Gallery.

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Finding a place of her own at Rochester

Gillian Gingher ’19 didn’t want to attend the University of Rochester for one simple reason: her parents did. But in four years, this double major in art history and business has found her own way.

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6clusters in art and art history

Our AAH clusters satisfy the divisional requirement in the humanities.

Sage Art Center

Located at the north end of campus, Sage houses the Department of Art and Art History at Rochester. From casual interest to intensive investigation, we accommodate all students who wish to incorporate art into their range of experiences and interests. Visit our in-house gallery, join us for our annual Sagefest, and help contribute to the growing art scene on campus and in our city.

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