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Study the role of art in shaping history and culture

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Create engaging works of art with diverse media

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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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On the grounds where artists' cottages once stood, University art professor Allen and his daughter, artist Aster Topolski, have created a temporary artistic installation, titled Residuals. Using the cottages' concrete slabs, they have created a site-specific artistic work that evokes the residency in its heyday. (Courtesy Allen and Aster Topolski)

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Rochester artists look to avant-garde past in new site-specific installation

Where traces of a once vibrant artistic residency program still stand, University art professor Allen Topolski and his artist daughter, Aster, seek to understand the present through what came before.

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7clusters in art and art history

Our AAH clusters satisfy the divisional requirement in the humanities.

Art New York

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Intern at a prestigious art, media, or cultural institution in New York City.

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Sage Art Center

Located at the north end of campus, Sage Art Center houses the studio art program of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. From casual interest to intensive investigation, we accommodate all students who wish to incorporate art-making 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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