Art and Art History Department

The Art and Art History programs develop 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 by experienced faculty in 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. The Dowd Gallery on campus exposes you to exhibitions 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.


Cortland art faculty to display acquisitions

Aug. 26, 2020
An upcoming exhibition asks what each piece says about the owner.

‘Art in Isolation’ virtual exhibition to open

June 2, 2020
On Friday, 70 student works created in isolation go live from Dowd Gallery.

Physics and graphic design students work together on COVID-19

May 17, 2020
Students looked at economic, medical and policy issues and created posters.

Gallery seeking ‘Art in Isolation’ submissions

May 13, 2020
A summer exhibition will chronicle solitary COVID-19 impressions.

Dowd Gallery exhibition goes virtual

March 26, 2020
Gallery opens March 30 with contemporary pieces in ‘SUNY Design Invitational.’


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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