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Admire beauty? Like history? Our art history program immerses you in the depth and breadth of Western art history, with a focus on contemporary artists and artwork by women. We also offer a strong non-Western component in "Ways of Seeing," our course on visual culture — where you'll study paintings as well as magazine ads, bumper stickers and music videos.

Rigorous and interdisciplinary​

Our curriculum is unique because we require art history students to take studio art courses. We believe art historians must experience how and where art is made. It's common to see studio art faculty working with art history students on projects in the studio, and art history faculty touring local art museums with studio art students.

Current topics

Faculty frequently collaborate across departments to engage you on current topics. Art History Professor Amy Hamlin has created an honors seminar course on Lady Gaga with Music Professor Allison Adrian and is studying how arts education can enhance a nursing student's observation skills with Nursing Professor Deb Filer.

Thriving arts scene

Minnesota is home to nearly 20,000 artists, according to the state arts board, and The Atlantic magazine ranked the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis fifth in "Creative Density" in 2010. Our cultural icons include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center, both within minutes of St. Kate's. On campus, our Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is known for showcasing women-centered arts.

Visiting artists program

Each semester, we invite professional artists with distinctive skills and backgrounds for one-week residencies. These artists work closely with you to further develop your technique. Past visitors include New York art historian Amy Herman, Wales sculptor Harvey Hood and Indian artist Indira Freitas Johnson.

Exceptional facilities

In addition to traditional ceramic, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture studios, we have a photography and state-of-the-art computer lab. Our Visual Resources Library has more than 30,000 images and access to ArtStor, a global, digital image bank. St. Kate's also has a Heritage Edition of the famed Saint John's Bible and the largest collection of papers and artwork by liturgical artist Ade Bethune.