Art and Art History Department

The art and art history curriculum develops critical thinking skills and creative problem solving by immersing you in the history and making of visual art.

You’ll benefit from small, engaging classes taught in modern studios designed for sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, printmaking, weaving, surface design and digital art.

In addition to numerous study abroad opportunities, you also
can experience hands-on learning with internships in the fashion industry and at graphic design firms, galleries and museums. The Beard Gallery on Main Street in Cortland allows you to showcase your art while the Dowd Gallery on campus exposes you to exhibits by faculty and visiting artists.

When you graduate with a Cortland art or art history degree, you will be well prepared to launch your career in professional art, design or photography; in academic, curatorial or arts management positions; or in a range of other fields related to art.


Nationally Known Artist Billy Hassell to Exhibit

His vivid paintings and prints from nature are inspiration for conservation.

Reading Reprises 1961 Speech on Empowering Women

A landmark lecture by the late sociologist Rozanne M. Brooks will be read again Nov. 13.

Heather Ramsdale ’97 at Dowd Gallery

The Philadelphia sculptor and educator grew up with Atari but she’s seeking Zen.

Heather Ramsdale ’97 Exhibits at Dowd Gallery

The rising artist’s first exhibition at her alma mater opened Aug. 27.

SUNY Cortland Hosting Summer Art Program for High School Students

Week-long program offers hands-on, immersive opportunities.


Art Exhibition Association

To promote the involvement and activities concerning the Cortland Art Community, such as films, speakers, workshops, exhibitions and other related activities.

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