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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying art history.

On-Campus Resources

Throughout the academic year, events organized by the fine arts programs at Mills spotlight work and ideas from students, faculty, and visiting artists. These events also help create an ideal setting for initiating multidisciplinary artistic collaborations. Here’s a sample:

  • Mills College Art Museum—Explore a collection of more than 10,000 works from the first century BC to the present. Gain experience in all phases of museum work: students help curate, install, and market exhibitions; catalog recent acquisitions; and create digital images of the museum’s collection.
  • Slide Space 123—This gallery for new artwork and actions connects the Mills community with current trends across multiple disciplines.
  • Lecture Series—Meet influential and innovative artists, art critics, and curators on campus. Past speakers have included installation artist/photographer Sophie Calle, Hirshhorn Museum director Melissa Chiu, and renowned art critic Lucy Lippard.
  • Mills College Arts Association—Members of this student club develop their professional skills and aesthetic practices through events like grant-writing workshops, participation in open studios, and panel discussions.

Off-Campus Experiences
  • Museums, galleries, and studios—Visit the San Francisco Bay Area’s world-class art museums with organized class field trips or on your own. Discover local artists at open studio events. Or join the First Friday gallery crawl in Uptown Oakland.
  • Internships—Students interested in exploring careers as curators, preparators, designers, and teachers have gained hands-on experience at major museums and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What Can I Do with an Art History Degree from Mills?

Art history majors graduate with advanced oral and written communication, research, and visual analysis skills. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

Specialist, Prints and Photographs

Public Art Program Director
City of Palo Alto

Co-Director and Curator
Et al. Gallery

Art Consultant
Galeria Mistica

Associate Curator
Japanese American National Museum

Chief Strategy Officer

20th Century Art Specialist

Senior Category Manager
Art and Antiques, eBay

Gallery Director
Frank Bette Center for the Arts

Deputy Director
Honolulu Museum of Art

Department Chair Visual and Performing Arts
Lick-Wilmerding High School

Development Associate
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art