Office Information

Dowd Fine Arts Center, 106 Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-4216
Fax: 607-753-5934

Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The gallery is closed when the College is not in session

Gallery Staff

Erika Fowler-Decatur 
gallery director

Jaroslava Prihodova 
assistant to gallery director

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Dowd Gallery

Current Exhibition

Libby Kowalski:  A Retrospective in Fibers

Libby Kowalski: A Retrospective in Fibers
January 25-February 19, 2016

Opening Reception:  
Jan 28, 4:30-6:00 pm

Read More About Libby Kowalski: A Retrospective in Fibers

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 500 objects dating from the 13th through the 21st centuries.  The gallery’s mission is to display, interpret, collect and preserve art for the benefit of the SUNY Cortland community and the Central New York 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.