Field Studies

What can't be learned in a classroom

The Department of Art + Design offers a variety of travel opportunities for students to expand and diversify their studies in the visual and performing arts. In what can often be a life-changing experience, these faculty-led trips connect undergraduate studies with the practices of professionals.

For some students, these excursions may be required in order to develop a more holistic and global perspective on contemporary art and design beyond the Chippewa Valley. The department hosts three annual field trips to regional and national destinations - traditionally these have included Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Regional trips are open to all UWEC students, faculty and staff, and the community.

Travel Requirements Guide

Art and design students in New York City Above: Students participating in the 2016 Dept. of Art & Design trip, visiting Claire Sherman's studio in NYC.

The New York trip we saw all the major museums, MOMA, The Met, the Guggenheim, as well as the smaller Chelsea galleries. We met with painter Claire Sherman in her studio; speaking with a contemporary artist about her inspirations was a thrill.

Gunnar Sund, Art + Design
Mural art in Chelsea, New York City

The Big Apple for art class

Students will have multiple opportunities to travel with faculty to discover the world or art, and to get a first-hand look at professional artists and the art industry in action in cities like New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Learning far and wide

Watching students’ eyes widen as they turn the corner and behold Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Monet’s Water Lilies, or a David Almetjd sculpture never really gets old.

Ned Gannon, professor of illustration
Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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