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Art Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Turn Your Skill and Knowledge of Art into a Career

If you have a desire to make and study art, and you want to explore that desire, our program has the faculty and the facility to give you the skills and assurance to pursue art as a career and to discover what it means to be an artist. Our website is designed to give you a sense of what it is we do here in the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Department, to answer questions you may have about our program and to contribute to your decision-making process as you consider what this and and other colleges have to offer you. This site is one tool of many you can use to become informed about your choices. Our faculty members, department secretary and current students would be happy to speak with you and we hope your will feel free to reach out to us with questions or just to have a conversation.

Achieve Your Potential with a Solid Foundation, Experience, and Involvement

Studio Art and Art History are disciplines that exist alongside many others as part of a liberal arts college. Our area has its own traditions and history, its own processes, skills and vocabulary. We’ve carefully designed our programs to give you a solid foundation, breadth of experience and depth of involvement. This program will help you achieve your potential, whether you become an artist, or an art historian.

To achieve our goal, we have created a broad and exciting curriculum and encourage the highest standards. We take seriously our responsibility for helping you identify your goals and for creating a supportive environment in which you can achieve them. We strive to nurture, nourish, and encourage your personal expression and vision, not just teach you a certain way of working.

Our Experienced Faculty Will Help You Grow

We are artists and art historians actively involved in our own creative practice, exhibitions and publications; we are equally fulfilled by helping you mature in your work, grow in self-confidence and move on to lead fulfilling lives. Our hope for you is that your years here will be a time of discovery, hard work and tremendous personal growth.

Art Program News

‘Across the Lake’ Alumni Exhibit Art in Burlington, Vt.

The exhibition features works from Art Department alumni in the Presidential Collection of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum. Pieces on display include ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

  • First Friday Art Walk: 5–8pm. October 7, 2016
  • Reception and First Friday Art Walk: 5–9pm. November 4, 2016
  • Location: Gallery of RL Photo, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington, Vt.
  • Exhibition runs from October through November, 2016
  • Download the “Across the Lake” flyer (447kB PDF, requires the free Acrobat Reader)

"Sink" by Robert WolfSUNY Plattsburgh Art Major Earns ‘Best of Show’ Honors at ‘Best of SUNY’ Art Exhibit

Robert Wolf, of Norwich, N.Y., who is pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, received $1,000 scholarship for being one of three students whose work was chosen for top honors.

Wolf said, “The museum awarding me $1,000 — it’s the biggest award I have received both academic and monetarily. The opening was great; all the art work was high quality and well represented. It is an honor and a pleasure to be part of this great opportunity.” Wolf’s print, “Sink,” will be displayed in the state capital through Oct. 23. Read more.


Contact Information

If you would like more information about art at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Karen Blough
Office: Myers Fine Arts 220B
Phone: (518) 564-2468

Kimberly Hall-Stone, Secretary
Office: Myers Fine Arts 220B
Phone: (518) 564-2179
Fax: (518) 564-2199

SUNY Plattsburgh
Art Department
Myers Fine Arts 220 B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901