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

  • 2015 MFA/MA Thesis Exhibition

    We are pleased to present the MFA thesis work of Anthony J. Camarota, Jaymee Harvey, Eric Lainson , Madison LaVallee, Thomas Makovitch, and Jason Kates van Staveren, and MA candidate Nancy Powhida.
    May 1 – 17, 2015, in the University Art Museum
    Artists’ Reception:
    May 8, 5 – 7 pm
    Closed May 7 all day and May 8 until noon for MFA oral defences.
  • Huffington Post names UA MFA Alum Jenny Kemp one of Ten Painters Changing the Medium

    Jenny Kemp (MFA 2012), whose work was included in the Thames and Hudson book 100 Painters of Tomorrow, has been singled out by Huffington Post Senior Arts & Culture Editor Katherine Brooks as one of the top ten painters world-wide who are changing the medium in the 21st century.
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    Phyllis Galembo Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

  • University at Albany Professor of Photography Phyllis Galembo has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for 2014.  Galembo is among 178 scholars, artists and scientists honored from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants across the U.S. and Canada.