Department of Art

In the Art Department at the University at Albany we provide an environment where you can develop your creative skills, have the freedom to grow artistically, and the opportunity to stretch 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 Art Department at UAlbany is a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and to expanding our perspective through rigorous study.


    Join us this semester for lectures by painter Stan Whitney (Nov. 1) and photographer Elinor Carucci (Nov. 8), both at 4:30 pm in the Boor Sculpture Studio. Every semester, the Art Department brings several practicing artists, art historians and critics to visit the UAlbany campus. Many of these visiting lecturers have also been available to visit graduate students' studios for discussion and critique.

    UAlbany Art Department faculty member Leona Christie's recent work will be featured in the exhibition Courier, opening October 5. Courier brings together a range of contemporary artists who have created works that are rooted in the physical, communicative, or iconic properties of the typewriter. From emblematic homage to pointed social critique, the works selected for this exhibition demonstrate that despite its obsolete status, the typewriter remains a potent carrier of untapped ideas. Other distinguished artists include, Daniela Comani, Lee Etheredge IV, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Matt Liddle, Elena del Rivero, Allyson Strafella, Ignacio Uriarte, and Xu Bing. Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming, Associate Director/Curator, University Art Museum, the exhibition will be documented in a fully illustrated catalogue.

    The University Art Museum is organizing a major exhibition of work by UAlbany alumni in the Fall 2011. The exhibition will occupy the entire museum space and will include all media: painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and works on paper. Curator Ken Johnson '78 is a freelance critic, who writes regularly for the New York Times. His new book, Are You Experienced? Art and the Psychedelic Revolution, is scheduled for publication by Prestel Books in Spring 2011. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010. For additional details, visit this link. This exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the University at Albany Alumni Association.