May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Department

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SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors: D. Fine
Professors: P. Russom
Associate Professors: A. Della Bitta, A. Goerlitz, N. Taber

Contact Us
Chair: Peter Russom, Professor
Phone: 518-564-22198


The Art Department is dedicated to providing a stimulating, intellectually challenging, diverse and nurturing learning environment in which students can develop their technical expertise, creativity and confidence in creating art.  The curriculum and the faculty will inspire a lifelong interest in the visual arts and students will have the tools to achieve their highest professional aspirations.(Mission Statement ‘20).

The art department offers comprehensive degree programs in the creation and history of art. Students obtain a solid foundation in studio and art history, acquire broad experience in a variety of media, and concentrate in the areas of their choice. With faculty as mentors, students develop skills, creativity, aesthetic awareness, and knowledge in preparation for a variety of careers.

Programs in Studio Art: The art department offers two art studio options: the B.F.A. and the B.A. with a study option in art studio. These program options allow students to select the degree that best suits their personal goals.

B.F.A.: The B.F.A. program is an intensive professional degree that prepares students for art careers or graduate study in either fine arts or graphic design. B.F.A. students are admitted by a portfolio review. Students without portfolios may enter the B.A. program and subsequently apply to the B.F.A. program. Students in the B.F.A. program obtain a solid foundation and broad studio experience, as well as one or more in-depth concentrations in graphic design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The B.F.A. program culminates in a Senior Exhibition. B.F.A. graduates develop technical competence, aesthetic judgment, and a strong commitment to artistic quality.

B.A.: The B.A. program in art studio permits students to combine in-depth study in studio art with broader liberal studies, a second major, or a minor. It is well-suited for students who wish to enter fields such as art therapy, elementary education, arts management, or advertising. After receiving a solid foundation, students select one or more concentrations in graphic design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture.

Art Studio Minors: The department also offers minors in studio art, photography, and graphic design. Students complete minors either for self-enrichment or to complement other majors.

Art Courses: Foundation courses offer students basic skills and concepts and an introduction to disciplines, such as art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This breadth of experience helps the studio student discover personal strengths and interests. From these disciplines, the studio student selects one or more areas to study in-depth, developing confidence and ability and a professional portfolio. 

Careers: Throughout their course of study, art students work with advisors, faculty mentors, and visiting artists, to prepare themselves for future careers. Art alumni are pursuing a wide variety of paths, working for example as graphic designers, art directors, museum directors, college professors, teachers, studio sculptors and painters, professional potters, commercial and fine arts photographers, printers, wallpaper stylists, and Web designers.

Faculty and Facilities: The art department has an experienced, full-time, professional faculty. These dedicated teachers are currently involved in creative, high-quality work in studio and art history. Through direct instruction, by example of their own creative work, and by their professional collaborations, faculty members help students achieve their potential, develop their portfolios, and prepare for careers or graduate school. Class sizes are small enough for personal attention.

The John Myers Building has twelve well-equipped art studios, including two full computer labs for digital photography and graphic design. Through in-depth experience with processes such as bronze and iron casting in sculpture, electronic art, lithography in printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography, students are prepared for graduate school or art careers.

Art studio students have ample opportunity to exhibit their work, both on-campus in the galleries of the John Myers Building and off-campus with the annual SUNY-wide Student Art Exhibition as well as undergraduate student exhibitions at the Frederic Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, NY and the Lower Adirondack Regional Art Center in Glens Falls, NY. Students experience professional art firsthand through the notable Plattsburgh State Art Museum, which includes three galleries, a sculpture court, an outdoor sculpture park and terrace, and installations in other public spaces throughout the campus. There are about 10,000 historical and contemporary works of art, representing a variety of western and non-western cultures. The Art Museum is complemented by a strong print library and film and video collections.

Student Organizations: Students can participate in the Plattsburgh Association of the Visual Arts (PAVA) a student-led organization that gives members an opportunity to help plan and organize the Student Association’s visiting artist program to visit museums and galleries and to coordinate exhibitions and arts activities on campus.

Workshops and Trips: Workshops and presentations given by visiting artists in areas such as iron casting, book arts, and painting give students knowledge that enhances their experience within the studio classes.

Internships and Study Abroad: Plattsburgh’s art majors enhance their professional development through internships and study abroad. Internships exist both on and off campus. In addition, some students study abroad, especially in Ireland, England and Italy.

Scholarships: Several scholarships are available annually, particularly the George and Nina Winkel art scholarships. Scholarships are available for first-year students (Including incoming first-year) and for sophomore, junior and senior students.


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