Art and Art History Department

The Art and Art History department offers degrees in Studio Art (BA, BFA) and Art History (BA). Our classes are led by dedicated and experienced faculty in studios designed for sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, printmaking, weaving, surface design, graphic design and digital media, and courses in art history that broadly address the socio-political stakes of cultural production.

Students graduating from our programs are well prepared for a wide range of careers in the fields of art and design by developing the vital critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for a professional career in the arts.

In addition to a dynamic classroom and studio culture, our department offers numerous opportunities for enhanced experiential learning, including semesterly field trips to major museum collections, arts-related work-study opportunities, and several study abroad programs.

The Dowd Gallery on campus provides a deeper level of engagement with artwork through a lively program of exhibitions and screenings, artist talks, and panel discussions by visiting artists and scholars in the field of art and art history, as well as offering students the opportunity to gain valuable curatorial and exhibition experience through shows like the annual Student Select.


Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

June 4, 2024
This cohort's studies range from biology and chemistry to political science and fine art.

Student Select 2024 lists winners

April 22, 2024
Exhibition showcases best studio work of 50 Art and Art History majors.

Physics and art departments host eclipse viewing  

March 19, 2024
A rare solar phenomenon will unite the worlds of physics and art on campus. 

Exhibit turns observations into art

Jan. 19, 2024
‘Eye Witness’ features four Central New York artists’ work at SUNY Cortland's Dowd Gallery.

Dowd Gallery to exhibit international collage works

Oct. 24, 2023
Two curators have pieced together an eclectic collection of collage from around the world.


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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