Department of Art and Art History

In the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany we provide an environment in which you will develop your creative skills, have the freedom to grow artistically, and be challenged to reach beyond your limits.

Our programs aim to foster a challenging and innovative learning environment, support creative and academic exploration, provide technical and professional mentoring, and promote faculty and student excellence.

Degrees in Studio Art and Art History prepare students by developing strong visual skills, keen critical reasoning, and an understanding of broad historical and social themes. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels we encourage the freedom necessary for creativity by offering flexible programs, a wide-open working environment, and a committed faculty that represents a diverse set of artistic backgrounds. Our curriculum encourages students to develop their own unique visual expression as well as an understanding of the role art plays in contemporary culture.

Offering instruction in Art History, digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, the Department of Art and Art History at UAlbany is a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and to expanding our perspective through rigorous study.

News & Announcements


  • Melinda Barlow: Visiting Film Scholar

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Visiting Film Scholar Melinda Barlow will present a lecture, "Each Moment is a Place You’ve Never Been: Landscape, Imagination, and the American Sublime." The lecture will be preceded by a film screening @ 2:45pm.

    SCREENING AND LECTURE IN ROOM BA233, Business Administration Building.
    Film Screening @ 2:45pm: Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978) 95 min.
    Lecture @ 4:30pm on Landscape in Cinema and in the Arts
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  • Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene

    July 12 – December 10, 2016

    Future Perfect will feature artists who explores our conflicted relationship to the natural world and inform how we view the past, how we perceive the present, and how we imagine the future.

    Programming will include lectures, screenings, performances, and informal conversations related to the subject of climate change within a broad scientific, literary, historical, and geo-political framework.
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