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  • Achieve your potential

    With a solid foundation, experience and involvement, we’ll give you the skills and assurance to pursue art as a career.

  • Achieve your potential

    With a solid foundation, experience and involvement, we’ll give you the skills and assurance to pursue art as a career.

  • Achieve your potential

    With a solid foundation, experience and involvement, we’ll give you the skills and assurance to pursue art as a career.

  • Achieve your potential

    With a solid foundation, experience and involvement, we’ll give you the skills and assurance to pursue art as a career.

Art Department

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.

Due to COVID-19, the art department office, 220B Myers is open Monday – Friday, 8 – 11 a.m. Kimberly Hall-Stone, administrative assistant, is working remotely during the afternoons and will be available by email at [email protected] Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The department chair, Sue Lezon, is also available by email at [email protected]. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. We wish everyone well during this difficult time.

Turn Your Skill & 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 you will feel free to reach out to us with questions or just to have a conversation.

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.

Student News

The art department faculty loves the opportunity to brag about our outstanding students. Our program’s strength lies in the accomplishments — big and small — of the artists that are developing before our eyes.

Winosha Steele and Burghy at muralMost recently, Winosha Steele, a junior in our program, has had her painting entitled “My Lifeline” (see image below) selected for the SUNY-wide best in show exhibition where it received honorable mention and a generous cash award.

The SUNY Student Art Exhibition is an opportunity for visual art students from all 64 SUNY campuses to exhibit their work. The art faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh selects a work from each discipline — ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture — for submission to this exhibition. The show is held at SUNY Central in Albany, N.Y. Jurors are then asked to select works for a summer Best of SUNY exhibition and determine the award winners. Congratulations Winosha!

Winosha Steele participates  in “Migrations Mural” in downtown Plattsburgh to celebrate diversity as part of Outside Art: The Plattsburgh Public Art Project. 

Read More: International Students Make Their Marks on Community Mural from Plattsburgh Magazine. 

Featured Students

Winosha Steele

Winosha Steele portrait

Since the day I picked up a pencil and said I wanted to create something, I've never stopped. My mind has continued to evolve, to react and to anticipate. I have been yearning for a taste of what it would be like to be a part of something great. From numerous advisers, to teachers, to professors, my path was decided solely on my dedication to art. Being raised on a small island in the Caribbean, my aim upon arriving at SUNY Plattsburgh was to work diligently, especially if I wanted to make a name for myself. I overcame trials and frustration through long hours of crafting a forever-determining work ethic.

My lifeline portrait of black male by Winosha SteeleAs a Black female artist, I unconsciously find myself searching for a relationship between my identity and the work I create. Seeking a way to reflect on where I come from, to where I am going, I never knew the path that art would take me on. It allows for a foundation, an escape, a message, a voice. I am so blessed to have arrived here, to flourish and put Antigua on the map. I continue to be truly grateful to attend this institution and to be molded through the BEST department and by the professors SUNY Plattsburgh has to offer.

Image left: My Lifeline, Winosha Steele


Kailey Maher

Kailey Maher Student ImageMaher shapeshifter

Kailey is a B.F.A. student concentrating in ceramics and sculpture at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Her pieces reflect the effects of time — shaping and reshaping — not in minutes and seconds, but rather a living lifetime of transformative movements of expansions and contractions.

With the guidance and support of her mentors and professors within the art department, she was selected as a 2020 recipient of the Live Your Dream Award. This award is presented by Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment and live their dream.

Image left: Shape Shifter, ceramic, Kailey Maher

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