About the Department
Our mission in the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany is to
identify and nurture outstanding creative talent. Our goal is to instill
the insights and skills needed by future generations of arts
professionals, enabling them to contribute to the creative and scholarly
activity so essential to the vitality of our culture and society.
The Department of Art and Art History has an excellent full time faculty of roughly fourteen
accomplished artists and scholars. There are nearly 200 undergraduate majors
combined in Studio Art and Art History, and approximately 30 graduate
students in the MA and MFA programs. In addition to the curriculum
offerings, the Art Department sponsors a lively lecture series of Visiting
Artists, critics and art historians.
At the undergraduate level the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany
offers Bachelor's degrees (BA) in both Studio Art and in Art History. The
Studio Art program is dedicated to cultivating students' creative
potential, and to inspiring and nurturing developing artists while Art
History introduces students to a wide range of historical periods and
cultures, and develops the major's skills for critically evaluating works
of art within their historical and cultural contexts. At the graduate
level the Art Department offers both an Master's of Art degree (MA) and a
Master's of Fine Art degree (MFA) in Studio Art where accepted applicants
are provided with a private studio space and spacious, well-equipped
common work areas and exhibition spaces.
The Fine Arts Building is the main facility for photography, printmaking,
painting and drawing areas, with classroom spaces for undergraduates and
private studios for graduates. The Visual Resource Library and the
University Art Museum are also housed in the Fine Arts Building. The Boor
Sculpture Studio is a state-of-the-art sculpture facility with a digital
media suite and classrooms for both traditional and emerging media, and
private studios for graduate students.
The importance of Albany's location in the northeastern corridor cannot be
underestimated. Not only are there extensive art collections and
institutions in the immediate area, but with the campus 2.5 hours away
from both New York City and Boston students have access to an the best
museums and art galleries in the country. An equally extensive program of
visiting artists, critics, and scholars are drawn from these cultural
centers and brought to the UAlbany campus each semester.