Art Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Turn Your Skill and Knowledge of Art into a Career

If you have a deep-rooted 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.

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

Within a liberal arts college, the artist and the art historian work within a specific discipline. That discipline has its own traditions and history, its own processes, skills and vocabulary. Our program is carefully designed 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

Empty Bowl Dinner to Help Feed the Hungry

SUNY Plattsburgh ceramics students, area fifth-graders and community members are joining forces once again, crafting soup bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Algonquin Dining Hall.

The annual fundraiser supports the Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf. Adults pay $10 and students $8 to receive an empty handmade ceramic bowl and soup to fill it. Dinner also includes bread, a beverage and dessert, donated by Chartwells, the campus food service providers. Read more.

Award-Winning Faculty Members

Photo of Karen BloughDr. Karen Blough Receives Chancellor's Excellence Award

Professor Blough of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Department of Art, has designed courses in the art of antiquity, medieval art, Italian Renaissance art, Northern Renaissance art, Jewish art, women in art and the art of the book.

Her students continue to rate her highly on surveys, regardless of the class being evaluated. Their comments paint a picture of a demanding but respected instructor. Read more.


Photo of Sue LezonSue Lezon Receives Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Now an associate professor of art, Lezon joined the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty as an adjunct in 1994. Since then, she has come to be the college’s only full-time faculty member in photography, incorporating her extensive experience in that field into several courses each semester. Student opinion surveys, spanning five semesters of these courses, show that the vast majority rate her teaching as excellent in every category. They find her demanding and honest in her critical evaluation of their work, yet warm, respectful and inspiring. Read more.


Photo of Diane Fine at the unveiling of her portraitDiane Fine Promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor

Diane Fine did well in school. She excelled in math, history, science, English. So when she told her high school guidance counselor that she planned to study the arts in college, the counselor appeared shocked.

She didn’t know then, but years later Fine would not only become a successful artist but a 2011 recipient of one of the highest honors the State University of New York bestows on its faculty — a SUNY distinguished teaching professorship. Read more.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

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

Norman Taber
Office: Myers Fine Arts 206
Phone: (518) 564-2495

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