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 intellectually, and be challenged to reach beyond your limits.

The Department offers degrees in Studio Art (B.A., M.A., and M.F.A.) and Art History (B.A.) that aim to foster a challenging and innovative learning environment, support creative and academic exploration, provide technical and professional mentoring, and promote student excellence. A team of professionally active, committed faculty prepare students for careers in the arts by developing strong visual skills, keen critical reasoning, and an understanding of broad historical and social themes.

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.

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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.


Marja Vallila Obituary

Following on the 2017 publication of her five-volume catalogue raisonne of the work of Jasper Johns (The Widenstein Foundation and Yale University Press), Professor of Art History Emeritus Roberta Bernstein has co-curated an exhibition of Johns’s work at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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Fine Arts 216
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

PHONE: 518-442-4020
FAX: 518-442-4807

Department Chair: Sarah R. Cohen
Department Secretary:Brooke McGough
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