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

  • Mercury Rising

    A seventeen-hundred-year-old Serbian mosaic depicting the Roman god Mercury was given new life in 2014 by a restoration team that included two University at Albany art history students.

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  • Collar Works, an artist-run exhibition space started by SUNY MFA alumni 6 years ago, has moved to a new location.

    Its inagural show, Howdy Doody, was guest-curated by Professor Leona Christie and will open Friday, December 4th, at 5pm
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  • UAlbany Home to Five NYFA 2015 Artists' Fellowship Recipients

    Five individuals associated with the University at Albany’s College of Arts and Sciences were named recipients of the New York Foundation for the Arts 2015 Artists’ Fellowship Program awards.