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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.


Dowd Gallery opens with exhibition titled “Runaway”

Aug. 26, 2022
Queens artist Beth Livensperger explores interactions between labor and public space.

Black Lives Matter mural unveiled

May 6, 2022
May 5 event celebrated SUNY Cortland students’ creative and inclusive graphic designs.

Dowd Gallery presents Student Select 2022

April 26, 2022
The annual showcase spotlights the artwork of 30 students for the past academic year.

Dominick Lombardi Retrospective opens at Dowd Gallery

March 7, 2022
Artist’s long career has pitted kitsch against high culture to question art’s meaning.

Black Lives Matter mural submissions exhibited

March 2, 2022
Students are being spotlighted through April 1 for creative and inclusive graphic design entries.


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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