Programs and Events

Selected Works: Pieces from the Permanent Collection  

August 26 - October 4, 2019

Opening Reception

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Documentary Screening

Herb & Dorothy
Directed by Megumi Sasaki
Sunday, Sep. 4, 5 p.m. and Thursday, Sep. 5, 5 p.m. 
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center                                                                                                                  

Engaging Students, Engaging Communities

Diane Butler, Ph.D., Director, Binghamton University Art Museum
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Learning about Museums: Collections and Careers 

Sara Pasti, Director, External Relations and Advancement, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center 

A Place with no Fences:

Fostering Curricular and Scholarly Connections at the Academic Art Museum 

Leah Sweet, Lynch Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Thursday, Sep. 26, 5 p.m. 
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

From Closet to Classroom: The Syracuse University Art Collection 

David L. Prince, Curator, SU Art Galleries, Syracuse University
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Jeremy Tarr: Forsaken Ecologies

August 26 - October 11, 2019                                                                                                                                    

Critique Space and Daniels Foyer Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Daniel Huang: Power of Faces

September 15 - October 15, 2019

Old Main Colloquium, Room 220

Half-Century Club Reception

July 12, 2019

Dinner Reception 

Friday, July 12, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Zombie Field Guide 

May 6 - September 6, 2019

Opening Reception 

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Old Main Colloquium, Room 220

Student Select 2019

April 25 - May 18, 2019

Opening Reception & Awards Presentation

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

BA & BFA Thesis Exhibition 2019

April 10 - April 17, 2019

Opening Reception & Artist's Talk

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:30 - 6;30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Laura Heit: Visiting Artist

April 1 - April 2, 2019

Artist's Talk

Monday, April 1, 2019, 5-6 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Workshop: Animated Spaces

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Room 008, Graphics Lab, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Faculty Biennial 2019                                                                                             

March 4 - April 6, 2019               

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4-6 p.m.

Artist's Talk

Thursday, March 14, 5-6:30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, room 106, Dowd Fine Art's Center 

Martine Barnaby, Stephen Alexander Clark, Allison DeDomonick, Szilvia Kadas, Jenn McNamara, Jaroslava Prihodova, Bryan Valentine Thomas

Ask a Curator Night 

Thursday, March 28, 5-6 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, room 106, Dowd Fine Art's Center 

Q&A with Jaroslava Prihodova and Bryan Thomas about curating exhibitions, organizing programs and projects 

Artist's Talk

Thursday, April 4, 5-6:45 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, room 106, Dowd Fine Art's Center 

Jeremiah Donovan, Charles Heasley, Hannah Hones, Scott Oldfield, Vaughn Randall, Wylie Schwartz 

Davana Robedee: In a Moment - Between Dreams 

January 28 - February 22, 2019

Artist's Talk

Art and the Brain: an artistic practice driven by psychology and science
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5 - 6 p.m. 
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science/ Beyond Obvious 

January 28 - February 22, 2019

Opening Reception

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 4-6 p.m.

Beyond Obvious Symposium

February 6, 2019

10 a.m. Lecture

Norman Barker, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
The Wonder of the Scientific Image
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center 

11:30 a.m. Artist's Talk

Holland Houdek, Nazareth College,
Part of the Process
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center 

1 p.m. Workshop

Holland Houdek, Nazareth College,
Fabrication Technique - Hydraulic Press 
Old Main Sculpture Studio, Room G-35

3 p.m. Artist's Talk

Boryana Rossa, Syracuse University, 
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion 

Christa Chatfield, Jaroslava Prihodova, SUNY Cortland,
Art in Epidemics in Society Course
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

6 p.m. Symposium Closing Reception  

Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Film Screening

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 2017
Directed by George C Wolfe
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. 
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Hui Fang: Showcase 

December 6 - December 7, 2018

Artist's Talk

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 4:40-5:30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Szilvia Kadas: Fragile Existence 

November 5 - December 14, 2018

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Colloquium, room 220, Old Main

Billy Hassell: Vestiges 

October 17 - December 7, 2018

Opening Reception

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Artist’s Talk: Billy Hassell

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Artist’s Proof

Billy Hassell in collaboration with Charles Heasley will print an original lithograph created by Hassell during his mini-residency at SUNY Cortland.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
Graphic Arts Lab, room 202, Dowd Fine Arts Center 

Art of Conservation

Billy Hassell and Dr. Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez,
Research Associate/Quantitative Ecologist, Conservation Science Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center 

Documentary Screening

Winged Migration, 2001
Directed by Jacques Perrin
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m.
Critique Space, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Contextualizing Ornithology

Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, President of SUNY Cortland/Ornithologist and
Matthew Young, Collections Management Leader, Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

J.J. Audubon

Andrew Saluti, Assistant Professor,
Program Coordinator, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, School of Design, Syracuse University
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Heather Ramsdale: Form & Forever

August 27 - October 5, 2018

Opening Reception

August 30, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Artist's Talk

September 12, 2018, 5 p.m.
Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Artist Workshop 

September 20, 2018, 12:30-3 p.m.
Critique Space, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Documentary Screening 

October 2, 2018, 5 p.m.
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
Critique Space, Dowd Fine Arts Center

Alumni Reception

July 14, 2018

Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships

March 8, 2018, 4-6 p.m.: Opening Reception
March 28, 2018, 11 a.m - 4 p.m.: Master Workshop: Generating an Idea by Peter R. Beasecker. The artist will demonstrate how an idea is developed and show how it moves through various forms and iterations.  He will discuss how to cultivate ownership of an idea and bring it to life in form.

April 3, 2018, 5 p.m.: Performance (Performance with Performance for Perfection) and Q&A with Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum. An interactive performance exploring the tension between the still and moving, distance and intimacy, document and performance, all captured and processed through a variety of tools, including desktop scanners. contact microphones, sensors, and samplers. 

April 5, 2018, 5 p.m.: Artist Talk: Dusty Herbig
April 10, 2018, 5 p.m.: Artist Talk: Sharif Bey

Film Series: Screening at Sperry 104 

March 20, 2018, 6-7 p.m.: Peter Hutton - At Sea (Silent film)
March 29, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m.: Barbara Kopple - Harlan County
April 4, 2018, 6-7 p.m.: Alan Berliner - Nobodies Business
April 11, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m.: Ralph Arlyck - Following Sean

Tom Hall: Silent Discos

February 13, 2018, 5-6:30 p.m.: Closing reception and Artist talk

L O O P : connecting to the beginning

January 25, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Artist's Talk, Ondřej Janek

February 1, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Special Presentation, “History of animation and the moving image” by Leo Crandall

Allison Lewis:  I'm Grateful I'm Not a Mother, BFA Exhibition

December 8, 2017, 5-6:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception/Artist Talk

Blazo Kovacevic: Incited 

October 25, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception

November 7, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Blazo Kovacevic

November 16, 2017, 4-6 p.m.:  Workshop
December 5, 2017, 4-6 p.m.:  Visual Reality: 360 Experience

Zeke Leonard: (rust) Echoes

October 5, 2017, 4-5 p.m.:  Noise Workshop

October 12, 2017, 4-5 p.m.:  Noise Workshop

October 19, 2017, 6-7 p.m.:  Performance Rehearsal

October 26, 2017, 7-8 p.m.: Special musical performance

Ben Altman and Robert Knight: Reverence

August 31, 2017, 5-6:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception

September 12, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Robert Knight 

September 18, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Ben Altman

Student Select 2017

April 27, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception (awards announcement at approximately 4:30 p.m.)

Justin Pribulick:  Olicracy, BFA Exhibition

April 27, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception
April 27, 2017, approximately 4:45 p.m.:  Artist's Talk

Faculty Biennial 2017

March 8, 2017, 4-5:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception

March 21, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artists' Talk, Martine Barnaby, Allison DeDominick, Jeremiah Donovan, Scott Oldfield,  Vaughn Randall, and Bryan Valentine Thomas
April 5, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Lori Ellis, Charles Heasley, Kevin Mayer, Jenn McNamara, Brian Murphy, and Jaroslava Prihodova

Works Progress Administration: Art of the New Deal

This special exhibition features ten works on paper on loan from SUArt Galleries along with two paintings from the Dowd Gallery's permanent collection.  It will be on view in the Colloquium Room, Old Main, from February 27-March 6, 2017, in conjunction with "Re-Imagining Work, Prosperity, and Art: Reflections on the New Deal and Envisioning 21st Century Possibilities for Employment," a symposium organized in collaboration with the Economics Department.

March 3, 2017, 2-3 p.m.:  Lecture, "Art of the New Deal," Domenic Iacono, Director, SUArt Galleries

For a schedule of other symposium talks, please email

Ian McMahon: Semblance

January 26, 2017, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

February 1, 2017, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk

February 2, 2017, 5-8 p.m.:  Inflatables Workshop, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 101 to start. Resulting collaborative, large-scale sculpture will be installed underneath the Dowd balcony through Feb 21. Email or call 607-257-7954 to register.  

February 13, 2017, 5:15-6:15 p.m.:  Lecture, Leah Yerpe, whose photorealistic drawing, Syrinx, was recently donated by Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish and installed in the Dowd lobby.

February 21, 2017, 5 p.m.:  A Momentary Event with a Sculpture
Please be prompt!  This destruction performance will only last an instant.

BFA and Interactive Media Class Exhibitions

December 9, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.:  Opening Reception and brief artist's talks by Jerome Tiunayan, Josephine Cook and Interactive Media students

Future of the Past:  Revitalizing Ancient Maya Ceramic Traditions in a Modern Maya Community

October 19, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Lecture, "The Art and Science of Maya Ceramics,” Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History Department, and Robert Darling, Geology Department, Sperry 106
October 20, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception, brief remarks by Professor Jeremiah Donovan; Barbara Thummalapally, wife of Vinai Thummalapally, former U.S. Ambassador to Belize; and Timotea Mesh, member of the San Antonio Women's Cooperative
November 9, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Panel Discussion, “Revitalizing Maya Traditions: Object, Place, Time,” Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History Department; John Henderson, Cornell University Anthropology Department; Sebastian Purcell, Philosophy Department, Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge

Jaime Brett Treadwell: Fade to Gray

September 1, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

September 6, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk

September 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m.:  Printmaking Demonstration, Charles Heasley and Jaime Brett Treadwell, Graphic Arts Lab, Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 202

Student Select 2016; Travis Wheeler, BFA; Darlene Endy, BA

April 28, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.:  Opening Reception
April 28, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Presentation of Student Select Awards
April 28, 2016, 5:15 p.m.:  Artist's Talks by Travis Wheeler and Darlene Endy

COORDINATES:  42.589° N x 76.198° W

March 3, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

March 22, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Jeff Williams

April 7, 2016, 4:15 p.m.:  Pre-Pour Artist's Talk, Kevin Dartt [Foundry, adjacent to Professional Studies Bldg]
April 7, 2016, 5-7 p.m.:  Iron Pour and Performance [Foundry, adjacent to Professional Studies Bldg]

Libby Kowalski:  A Retrospective in Fibers

January 28, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

February 3, 2016, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk

February 18, 2016, 5-7 p.m.:  Intro to Weaving Workshop:  Weave Your Own Bookmark, Jenn McNamara, Fibers Studio, Dowd 101.  Free and open to the public. Email or call 607-257-7954 to register.

Dan Emerson: Agitation, BFA Exhibition (under the balcony)

December 3, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.:   Opening Reception

December 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m.:  Artist's Talk

Natural States

October 29, 2015, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

November 4, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Curators' Talk, Nati Hyojin Kim and Santiago Garcia (Mixed Greens, NYC)

November 19, 2015, 5 p.m.:   Artist's Talk, Mark Mulroney

HALLWAY GALLERY:  Landmarks, October 8-December 18, 2015

October 13, 2015, 5 p.m.:   Artist's Talk, Robert Sherrill

HOMEFRONT and other works by Sarah McCoubrey

September 3, 2015, 4:30-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

September 16, 2015, 5 p.m.:   Artist's Talk, Sarah McCoubrey

October 1, 5-7 p.m.:  Workshop:  Drawing Social Commentary, Yvonne Buchanan, Syracuse University; email to register.  Location:  Dowd Fine Arts Center, Rm 005 (Design Classroom)

Graduation Reception, Art and Art History Department

May 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Student Select 2015

April 30, 2015, 4-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

May 6, 2015, 6:45-7:30 p.m.:   Artist's and Gallery Intern Talks, ACE Program

Capitalism Works for Me?

April 28, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Steve Lambert

BFA/BA Student Exhibitions

April 17, 2015, 4-6 p.m.:   Opening Reception

April 17, 2015, 4:30 p.m.:   Artist's Talks, Giotto Zampogna, Emilee Smith, Jisang Kim

Lindsey Glover and Claudia Sbrissa: Topographies

March 5, 2015, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

March 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Lindsey Glover

March 25, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Claudia Sbrissa

Faculty Biennial 2015

January 29, 2015, 4-6 p.m.:  Opening Reception

February 4, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Gallery Talk:  Jeremiah Donovan, Charles Heasley, Kevin Mayer, Jenn McNamara and Bryan Valentine Thomas

February 10, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Gallery Talk:  Martine Barnaby, Lori Ellis, Paul Parks, Jaroslava Prihodova and Vaughn Randall

February 18, 2015, 5 p.m.:  Inquiry at the Intersection Between Art and Science, Mike Haaf, Professor of Chemistry, Ithaca College (sponsored by the Art Exhibition Association and the Chemistry Club)
Mike Haaf Talk/Demonstration Video

Diana Al-Hadid, Wang Gongxin and Lin Tianmiao:  Transcendences

October 23, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

October 27, 2014, 5:15 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Diana Al-Hadid

November 11, 2014, 5 p.m.:  Lecture, Luo Xu, Professor, History Department, "Sweet Home Beijing:  Then and Now" 

Keeping Things Whole

September 4, 2014, 4-6 p.m.:  Opening Reception

September 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m.:  Lecture, Scott Moranda, Associate Professor, History Department, "Digging through Rubble for a Usable Past:  German Reconstructions after 1945"

September 16, 2014, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Fawn Krieger

September 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.:  "Memories of a Berlin Boyood," A Conversation with Henry Steck, Professor, Political Science Department, Project for Central and Eastern Europe, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall 

September 23, 2014, 7 p.m.:  Film Screening, The Murderers Among Us, Project for Central and Eastern Europe, Sperry Center, Room 104

September 30, 2014, 5 p.m.:  Curator's Talk, Susan Logan, Adjunct Instructor, Art and Art History Department

My Sun, Wang GongXin

May 13-17, 2014, 9-10 p.m.:  Video Projection

Student Select 2014

May 1, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

May 6, 2014, 6:45-7:30 p.m.:  Artist's and Gallery Intern Talks, ACE Program

Refocus:  Contemporary Photogravure

March 20, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

March 26, 2014, 5 p.m:  Curator's Talk, Charles Heasley

April 10, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Artist's Talk and Demonstration, Lothar Osterburg (Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 008, Digital Photo Lab)

April 22, 2014, 5 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Lynne Allen

Anomie:  Fractured Art Norms

January 30, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

February 18, 2014, 5 p.m.:  Curator's Talk, Bart Keijsers Koning 

Dave Hernandez: Nothing Lasts, but Nothing is Lost, BFA Thesis Exhibition

December 5, 2013, 5-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception

December 5, 2013, 5:15 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Dave Hernandez 

Wilderness Bisect

October 30, 2013, 5 p.m.:  Raquette Lake Art Program Presentation by Rob Licht, 9 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Room 202

Ashley Lyon: Fleshing

October 17, 2013, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception 

November 12, 2013, 1-5 p.m.:  Hands-On Ceramics Workshop led by Ashley Lyon, Old Main G40.  Free and open to the public. Email or call 607-257-7954 to register.

November 12, 2013, 5:30 p.m.:  Artist's Talk, Ashley Lyon

Connective Existence:  Paintings by Lin Price and Projects by Simon Høgsberg

  • September 5, 2013, 4:30-6:30 p.m.:  Opening Reception
  • September 12, 2013, 5 p.m.:  Coloring Realities:  Artist's Talk by Lin Price
  • September 19-October 1, 2013:  Interactive Media Student Exhibition on view in Beard Gallery
  • September 24, 2013, 5:30 p.m.:  Artists' Talk:  Simon Høgsberg and Interactive Media Students
  • October 1, 2013, 4:30 p.m.:  Student Reading (creative writing and poetry students will read their response to selected Connective Existence works)

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

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