Dowd Gallery

Message from Dowd Gallery
Spring 2020

To our community: 

Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus COVID-19, in compliance with the directive from SUNY Central, The Dowd Gallery is canceling all scheduled educational and social events until further notice. We are planning to honor our commitment to invited speakers and scholars and reschedule the programs in the near future. The updated information will be available on the Dowd Gallery website and social media. 

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The Common Problem Pedagogy: COVID-19
May - June

The Common Problem Pedagogy (CPP) project titled COVID-19 is a second collaboration between Dr. Eric Edlund, Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Dr. Szilvia Kadas, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History Department, and their students. In the Spring 2019 semester, they embarked on a similar project which concluded in an exhibition of posters in Bowers Hall. That exhibition, titled Connections, illustrated the pathways in which graphic design helps to transform data and information into a comprehensive visual form. You can read about their former collaboration here.

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Art from Isolation
June - August

Art from Isolation virtual exhibition presents images of works produced by SUNY Cortland students with different majors in times of isolation caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Participating students:
Valerie Adamo, Brandon C. Batsford, Anna Brasted, Andi Bruce, Alyssa Cusimano, Shannon Delaney, Ryan DeNault, Emeilya Erway, Darian Fernandez, Cara Fiacco, Lauren Freer, Ivan Goloub, Taylor Goodney, Mallory Green, Megan Hall, Kayla Hinkle, Julia Hurlburt, Kayla Lawrence, Vanessa Leon Basurto, Michael Marchetta, Chloe Mattes, Elizabeth Morse, Lisa Nembhard, Amara Potts, Samantha Reali, Jacob Robinson, Dalton Segrue, Naeemah Valencia, Rebecca Warren, Caitlin Whiting, Dante Yacavone.

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About the Dowd Gallery

Founded in 1967, the Dowd Gallery presents up to seven exhibitions each year featuring work primarily by nationally and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and maintains a permanent collection of over 900 objects dating from the 13th through the 21st centuries.  The gallery’s mission is to enrich and intellectually broaden viewers’ notions about the nature of art and to display, interpret, collect and preserve art for the benefit of the SUNY Cortland community and the New York State region.  

Each spring semester, the juried Student Select exhibition provides students with the opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery setting.  It also allows the public a glimpse of the visual art being created on campus. The Faculty Biennial occurs every two years and highlights recent work by members of the Art and Art History Department.  This special show makes it feasible for students to view finished projects by their mentors and gives the campus community and region the chance to contemplate art in the department's wide range of media.

Educational programs, such as artist’s talks, lectures, performances, and workshops, accompany all exhibitions in order to deepen intellectual engagement with the artwork on view and foster an appreciation for art and its cultural importance in general.  All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

Possibilities for student involvement in the gallery include employment through the Federal Work-Study Program, internships, volunteering, submitting work for Student Select, and joining the student-run Art Exhibition Association.

Office Information

Dowd Fine Arts Center, 106 Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: 607-753-4216
Fax: 607-753-5934

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thr: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

The gallery is closed when the College is not in session

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