About the Department

Our mission in the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany is to identify and nurture outstanding creative talent. Our goal is to instill the insights and skills needed by future generations of arts professionals, enabling them to contribute to the creative and scholarly activity so essential to the vitality of our culture and society.

The Department of Art and Art History has an excellent full time faculty of roughly fourteen accomplished artists and scholars. There are nearly 200 undergraduate majors combined in Studio Art and Art History, and approximately 30 graduate students in the MA and MFA programs. In addition to the curriculum offerings, the Art Department sponsors a lively lecture series of Visiting Artists, critics and art historians.

At the undergraduate level the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany offers Bachelor's degrees (BA) in both Studio Art and in Art History. The Studio Art program is dedicated to cultivating students' creative potential, and to inspiring and nurturing developing artists while Art History introduces students to a wide range of historical periods and cultures, and develops the major's skills for critically evaluating works of art within their historical and cultural contexts. At the graduate level the Art Department offers both an Master's of Art degree (MA) and a Master's of Fine Art degree (MFA) in Studio Art where accepted applicants are provided with a private studio space and spacious, well-equipped common work areas and exhibition spaces.

The Fine Arts Building is the main facility for photography, printmaking, painting and drawing areas, with classroom spaces for undergraduates and private studios for graduates. The Visual Resource Library and the University Art Museum are also housed in the Fine Arts Building. The Boor Sculpture Studio is a state-of-the-art sculpture facility with a digital media suite and classrooms for both traditional and emerging media, and private studios for graduate students.

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.