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

  • MFA Candidate Bobbi Gentry receives prestigious CAA Fellowship

    The Department of Art and Art History congratulates MFA candidate Bobbi Gentry, one of only five national recipients of the College Art Association’s professional development fellowship, which supports promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide.
  • 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

    We are pleased to present the work of Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) The annual MFA exhibition features the work of graduate fine art students, who have completed the UAlbany Department of Art and Art History’s three-year, 60 credit-hour program of intensive training and study in fine art practices. At the end of their MFA studies, candidates are required to exhibit a cohesive body of their work. 
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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.