Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Past Exhibitions

BFA Thesis Exhibition '21
April 22 - April 30, 2021

The BFA Thesis Exhibition features students displaying their graduating work. Stephen Buscemi and Samantha Reali showcase thesis projects concluding their studies from the Art and Art History department with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. 

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Andrew Ellis Johnson: Founder
March 15 - April 16, 2021

Founder, an exhibition of large-scale ink and gouache paintings on paper and cultured marble sculptures, features Pittsburgh-based artist Andrew Ellis Johnson.


Campus COVID-19 Safety Campaign
October 16 - December 11

The COVID-19 Campus Safety Campaign virtual exhibition showcases the work of 47 art and design students from four SUNY campuses: Alfred University, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Purchase. The slideshow is accessible on the Dowd Gallery website and will be archived in "Past Exhibitions" on December 11.  


Artists as Collectors: Works from Private Collections
August 31 - October 9, 2020

Artists as Collectors: Works from Private Collections exhibition showcases an eclectic selection of original paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, and artifacts from personal collections of members from the Art and Art History Department at SUNY Cortland.


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.


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.


BFA Thesis Exhibition '20
May 11-May 18, 2020

The Dowd Gallery presents a three-person exhibition featuring students graduating from the Art and Art History department with BFA degrees, Maryam Adib, Darien Fernandez, and Sarah Zielstorf.


SUNY Design Invitational
April - May

SUNY Design Invitational is a traveling exhibition curated by Tim Massey and Mitchell Christensen from SUNY Brockport. The virtual exhibition will be available in an electronic format on our website, Facebook and Instagram.


Forbidden Regions
January 27 - February 28

Forbidden Regions is a collaborative project between Eric Edlund, an experimental physicist from the Physics Department at SUNY Cortland, and Jaroslava Prihodova, visual artist and director of the Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland. The series of drawings capture the integrated motion of an experimental device created by Eric Edlund to model microscopic quantum mechanical systems on a macroscopic scale using hanging masses and springs. A sequence of coupled pendula, spanning 20 feet, is driven with a continuous pattern of oscillations at variable frequencies. A spatially varying electric potential, as may be found in an atom, for example, is represented by a variation in the length of the pendula. This non-uniformity leads to wave tunneling, the process whereby quantum particles can pass through forbidden regions, and illustrates the nature of radioactive decay, among other phenomena. 


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