Programs/Opportunities

Scholarships: Incoming students may apply for Presidential and Dingledine Scholarships in studio art (a portfolio and interview are required). Merit and need-based scholarships are also available for declared majors in studio art and art history. The Lynne Johnson Travel Award is given to one or two students a year for travel to see art and architecture wherever their research interests take them.  

Work-study and internships: If you qualify for work-study, you may be placed in positions in one of the studio areas, in the Hanes Gallery,  or in the Visual Resources Center. Semester and summer internships are available at START Gallery and Reynolda House. In these, you’ll learn about curating and exhibiting works of art, and get experience interacting with the public in the Gallery setting.

Research projects: Faculty will often engage students as research assistants for their projects, and they serve as mentors for Richter and other student-generated projects.

START Gallery: Besides offering work opportunities, art history majors have curated student exhibits at our student-centered display space in Reynolda Village.

Washington Trip: Every other year we rent a bus and go up to Washington, DC to visit museums and monuments in the cities.  Visits with alumni in Washington often round out the trip, which is a great way to get to know other students interested in art as well as many of the faculty.

Group advising and exhibit openings: Art majors and minors have many opportunities to get to know each other.  Every semester during the major advising period everyone comes together to learn about course offerings and other opportunities in the coming semester. There’s free food and art department swag for all. We also have many art openings throughout the year at Hanes Gallery, START, Wake Downtown, and other sites around campus. Work by current students, alumni, or professional artists might be on display, but no matter what is being shown, the openings are always great ways to meet other students who love art.

Scholarships: Incoming students may apply for Presidential and Dingledine Scholarships in studio art (a portfolio and interview is required). Merit and need-based scholarships are also available for declared majors in studio art and art history. The Lynne Johnson Travel Award is given to one or two students a year for travel to see art and architecture wherever their research interests take them.

Internships and Work-study in the art department:

START Gallery: Besides offering work opportunities, art history majors have curated student exhibits at our student-centered display space in Reynolda Village.

Washington Trip: Every other year we rent a bus and go up to Washington, DC to visit museums and monuments in the cities.  Visits with alumni in Washington often round out the trip, which is a great way to get to know other students interested in art as well as many of the faculty.

Courses with travel components—Venice Biennale, Management and the Visual Arts. **

Buying trip: Once every four years, the Art Department collaborates with the Student Union Committee to plan for our Art Acquisition Trip.  Students take a course in contemporary art to prepare for **

Courses with curatorial opportunities—Curatorial seminar, History of Prints, others like 18th century art have had opportunities to curate exhibits at Reynolda House.

International study. We encourage our majors to study abroad, either in one of our own programs in London, Vienna, Venice, Salamanca or Dijon (all offer at least one art history course on a regular basis) or in an affiliated program. If you are an art history major you can apply two approved art history courses and one studio art course to the requirements of your major; for studio majors, you can apply two studio courses and one art history course. Check with the department for specific recommendations or visit studyabroad.wfu.edu to explore available programs.

Our mission: to help students create and understand works of art in the context of a liberal arts education.