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.


Dowd Gallery to exhibit international collage works

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

SUNY Cortland plans week to celebrate non-trads and transfers

Oct. 18, 2023
The university will celebrate both groups Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27.

Dowd Gallery to showcase solar eclipse

Sept. 6, 2023
Artist Willie Binnie's “Black Sun” series will be displayed through Oct. 20 at SUNY Cortland.

Romanian struggle for democracy on display

Aug. 29, 2023
The exhibition of rare photos documents the revolution that overthrew Europe’s last communist dictator.

Faculty, staff honored with Chancellor’s Awards

May 2, 2023
Annual awards recognize consistently superior professional achievement.


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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