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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

A year-round schedule of changing exhibitions is offered to the college and the public, presenting a variety of contemporary artists, collections, traveling exhibitions, and faculty and student artwork.


Venues include the Rockwell Kent Gallery located in the Feinberg Library as well as the Burke Gallery and Myers Lobby Gallery located in the Myers Fine Arts building.

100 Prints of Rockwell Kent

100 Prints of Rockwell KentJune 5 – August 4, 2024

  • Location: Burke Gallery, John Myers Building

The Rockwell Kent Collection at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum is the most complete and balanced collection of Kent’s work in the United States. This exhibition, 100 Prints of Rockwell Kent, is taken from Dan Burne Jones’s The Prints of Rockwell Kent: A Catalogue Raisonné. Jones’s book outlines the legacy of Rockwell Kent’s illustration work, known as one of the most popular and prolific printmakers of his time. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see nearly all of the works included in the raisonné together on display.

Past Exhibitions


B.F.A. Senior Exhibition

April 13 – May 18, 2024

  • Location: Burke and Myers Lobby Galleries
  • Presentations and Reception: April 13, 2024 3–5 p.m.
  • Online:B.F.A. Senior Exhibitions

Features 2024 B.F.A. graduates including Alise Babbie, Noah Bonesteel, McKenna Brazie, Zach Buzzel, Abigail Duquette, Alexander Finkey, Kayla LaPier, Paige Leroux and Nancy St. Marie.

The Father of Space Art: Chesley Knight Bonestell

March 26 – May 18, 2024

  • Reception: March 28, 4–6 p.m., Slatkin Study Room
  • Special Documentary Screening: April 7, 2024 at 1:30 p.m., Yokum 200

Chesley Bonestell (1888–1986) was an American pioneer of space art who helped popularize manned space travel. He is well known for his cover art for science fiction magazines, including Astounding Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as many books such as The Conquest of Space, The Exploration of Mars, and Beyond the Solar System in collaboration with several authors well known in the field of space exploration.

Bonestell’s work also includes architectural paintings, scientific illustrations, and special effects matte paintings for films such as Destination Moon (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and War of the Worlds (1953).

Join us for a special FREE screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future Documentary Film and Talk Back on April 7, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. with exhibit viewing after the event.

Celebrating the Path to Totality With Rockwell Kent

January 29 – May 18, 2024

  • Location: Outside of Burke Gallery, 2nd floor, Myers Building

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum and its staff are anxiously awaiting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to behold the total eclipse that will occur in Plattsburgh on April 8, 2024. In anticipation of this momentous event, we explored our collections for celestial representations to mark the occasion. The works in the exhibit were the result of a commission of the Hayden Planetarium for LIFE magazine on November 1, 1937 and shows Four Ways In Which The World May End.

Borders: Migrations North + South

October 11, 2023 – March 8, 2024

  • Location: Burke Gallery and Slatkin Study Room
  • Reception: October 19, 4–6 p.m.

Curated by Amy Mountcastle, Department of Anthropology

The exhibition comes from ongoing research by a group of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty on the irregular border crossing at Roxham Road in Champlain, New York and includes art, photography, and artifacts related to migrations across the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders.

There are four artists included in the show:

Bill McDowell
McDowell is the 2013 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, and has received the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, the New York Foundation on the Arts Photography Fellowship, as well as many other artist grants. In Bill’s project, Roxham Road, he photographically triangulates the current exodus of asylum seekers from northeastern New York state into Canada with two historical examples of societal intolerance which took place in the same region; the imprisonment of Chinese citizens in the early 1900s and the Underground Railroad corridor.

Ruth Kaplan
Ruth Kaplan is a documentary-based photographer whose work explores a variety of themes such as the social behavior of bathers in communal hot springs, congregants participating in rituals of spirituality, and, most recently, refugees living in shelters along the Canadian-American border as they await decisions on their pending status. Her work integrates still photographs and video.

Paula Allen
Paula Allen is a photographer, lecturer and social justice activist. She has worked for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, V-Day (the global movement to stop violence against women and girls) and Refugees International, in counties such as Afghanistan, Haiti, North America, Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Presently, Ms. Allen continues photographing on the border between Mexico and Arizona, as well as the border between Canada and New York state and the resistance movement to the border wall on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, Arizona.

Álvaro Enciso
Álvaro Enciso is an artist who works to safeguard memories of migration in the Arizona desert. He is a retired veteran who served in Vietnam. Shortly after moving to Tucson in 2011 he became interested in learning about the hardships that migrants face when crossing the desert en route to their destination in the United States and he was moved by the tragedy that so many live each day. Álvaro has spent years of his life leaving crosses in the desert for migrants who died while traveling to the United States.

Our Environment, Our Land Fall 23

Our Environment, Our Land: Twentieth-Century Inuit Prints & Sculptures

August 29 – December 8, 2023

  • Location: Feinberg Library Quiet Room
  • Reception: Thursday, August 31 (4–6 p.m. or 5–7 p.m.)

Curated by Karen Blough, Art Historian Emeritus

This exhibit showcases the Plattsburgh State Art Museum’s collection of prints and sculptures from the Cape Dorset Inuit community (Kinngait; Nunavut, Canada) as well as loans from significant regional collectors. The works fall into three often overlapping categories: Inuit life; the Inuit belief system; and Inuit interaction with the natural world. Its content, emphasizing the Inuit origin myths of the sun and moon and incorporating animal and human forms, visualizes the Inuit belief system as well as Inuit engagement with the natural world.

B.F.A Senior Exhibition 2023

BFA 2023 PosterApril 16, 2023 – May 20, 2023

  • Location: Burke Gallery, John Myers Building
  • Reception: Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is pleased to present this year’s B.F.A. Virtual Thesis Exhibition. This exhibition features work created by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Art. This represents the culmination of each undergraduate student’s experience of developing a body of work. The exhibition features student work from a variety of studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Join us in person for the SUNY Plattsburgh Senior Exhibition Spring 2023, or visit the B.F.A online.

Student Association Art Acquisitions

January 31, 2023 – May 20, 2023

  • Location: Slatkin Study Room, John Myers Building
  • Reception: Thursday, February 16, 4–6 p.m.

For over 50 years the Student Association has been taking steps to ensure its long tradition of enhancing the campus through the purchase of prestigious artworks that can be seen in public spaces throughout campus. The art in this collection includes some of the most recognized artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well as works of antiquity from a broad range of world cultures. These selected works are a celebration and acknowledgement of our student body who understand the value of the arts and how they contribute to SUNY Plattsburgh’s educational and cultural environment.

ORIGINS: The Evolution of an Artist & His Craft

Selections from the Rockwell Kent Collection Curated by Scott Ferris

November 8, 2022 – August 11, 2023

  • Location: Kent Gallery, 2nd Floor Feinberg Library
  • Reception: Thursday, December 1, 5–7 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk: Friday, December 2, 11 a.m.

Scott Ferris first came to the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh as a sophomore in the autumn of 1976. Shortly after studying abroad — Italy and Denmark — the following two semesters, he returned to campus, fulfilling the request of the new museum director, Edward Brohel, to catalogue and label the budding Kent Collection. Subsequently, Ferris was hired by Kent’s widow, Sally, to serve as director of The Rockwell Kent Legacies (1980–1982). Here he labeled much of the artwork that would make its way to Plattsburgh following Sally Kent Gorton’s death (2000).

Since Ferris’s tenure at the Kent estate, he has consulted on the artist’s work for auction houses, museums, galleries and private collectors. His catalogue of Kent’s 1960 gift of artwork to the (former) Soviet Union, Rockwell Kent’s Forgotten Landscapes (Ferris and Pearce. 1998), and his position as guest curator for the Adirondack Museum exhibition (now ADK-X), The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent’s Adirondack Legacy (1999–2000) — the first time artwork from the 1960 gift returned to the United States — has earned him international recognition as a leading authority on the artist’s artwork and life.

Ferris last curated an exhibition for Plattsburgh State Art Museum in 2002 — Generations: The Artistic Heritage of Rockwell Kent (the exhibition later traveled to the Frye Art Museum in Seattle). The Rockwell Kent Collection at SUNY Plattsburgh is one of the most comprehensive selections of the artist’s work in the world — paintings, drawings, prints, personal photographs, ephemera, books, films, and letters, all housed at Plattsburgh State Art Museum and the Benjamin F. Feinberg Library’s Special Collections. 

From this exhaustive collection guest curator Scott Ferris has selected a variety of work, in a variety of media, to show how Kent and his craft matured. The audience will view artwork from Kent’s childhood years to his last endeavors and witness how an idea developed from sketches to finished compositions, through procedures that, in today’s computer age, are no longer in use: color separations and hardcopy proofs. Visitors will observe paintings — Kent’s first love — as well as drawings, prints, fabrics, dinnerware, and books with examples of what he considered his “potboiler” work (commercial commissions) that supported his global travels as well as his dairy farm, Asgaard.

Donna Ferrato: Behind Closed Doors

Image on poster shows a black woman sitting cross legged on the street high-fiving a dog. In front of her is a sign that reads "Homeless due to domestic violence! Please help! Thank you! God Bless!"September 8 – December 9, 2022

  • Location: Feinberg Library 208 (Deep Quiet Area)
  • Reception: Thursday, September 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby between Deep Quiet Room and Kent Gallery

Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book Living With The Enemy went into four printings and, alongside exhibitions and lectures across the globe, sparked a national discussion on sexual violence and women’s rights. In 2014, Ferrato launched the I Am Unbeatable campaign to expose, document, and prevent domestic violence against women and children through real stories of real people.

Contemplate this: There are countless women in prison whose sole crime was to protect themselves and their children from murderous husbands or boyfriends. Many things are shocking about family violence, but none more so than the fact that women are behind bars for trying to save their own lives. ~Donna Ferrato

Joe Remillard: Adirondack Visions

Joe Remillard PosterJune 7 – August 5, 2022

  • Location: Burke Gallery, John Myers Building
  • Reception: Friday, June 10, 2022 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Gallery Walkthrough with Joe Remillard: Saturday, June 11, 2022 1 to 2 p.m.

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is pleased to host the work of contemporary realist, Joe Remillard. Joe is a native of Peru, New York currently living in Georgia where he is a professor of drawing and painting at Kennesaw State University. Although he practiced law for several years in New York, his desire to create art led him to return to school to earn an M.F.A. Degree.

Since then, Remillard’s work has been recognized by various international and national realist organizations. Including the ARC Annual International Salon and the Portrait Society of America. His work has also been featured on the cover of International Artist Magazine and in a feature article in America Artist Magazine.

The people and places he paints are ones with which he has a personal connection. Many of his works have a narrative, and in all of his pieces he strives to capture a sense of beauty. He is attracted to images which have a distinctive sense of light and is inspired by various American realists including the Wyeth family and Homer.

Echoes of Mesoamerica

A Look at Consumable Art & Their Ancient Counterparts

Mesoamerica PosterJune 7 – August 5, 2022

  • Location: Slatkin Gallery, John Myers Building
  • Closing Reception: Thursday, August 4, 2022 5 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This exhibition juxtaposes gift-shop replicas with to-scale photographs of the archaeological artifacts they mimic, opening up conversations around visibility, ownership, misinterpretation, and appropriation of cultural artifacts. Viewers are also challenged to compare gesture, ornamentation, proportion, material, and consider why decisions were made that might result in a loss of fidelity when translating to a memento.

Guest co-curator, Dr. Justin Lowry is an assistant professor of archeology and the program coordinator of the Latin American studies program at SUNY Plattsburgh. His is focused on the archaeology of trade, exchange, and the development of societies in Mesoamerica. Co-curator Walter Early is an artist and the museum preparator for the Plattsburgh State Art Museum. His work includes large scale sculpture, casting, ceramic pieces, and large format drawings.

2022 B.F.A. Senior Exhibition

  • April 9 – May 21, 2022
  • Location: Myers Lobby Gallery and Joseph C. and Joan T. Burke Gallery

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is pleased to present this year’s B.F.A. Virtual Thesis Exhibition. This exhibition features work created by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Art. This represents the culmination of each undergraduate student’s experience of developing a body of work. The exhibition features student work from a variety of studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

For more on the B.F.A, please visit the B.F.A Senior Exhibition page.

North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent

  • February 1 – March 11, 2022
  • Location: Burke Gallery

North by Nuuk is an intimate, contemporary look at the people and the social and primal geographic landscapes of Greenland. Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offering a fresh look at timeless Greenland. Learn more about North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent at the Burke Gallery.

Rockwell Kent’s Greenland

  • February 1 – March 11, 2022
  • Location: Slatkin Gallery

    This companion exhibit features original works completed by Rockwell Kent during his time in Greenland, interviews with current Illorsuit residents conducted by Denis Defibaugh, hand-tinted lantern slide images and ephemera made during his residence in Greenland. The majority of these works are generously on loan to us from private collections.

Pursuing Beauty in Bewilderment at its Profusion: Reflections on Gender & Sexuality in Rockwell Kent’s Greenland Materials

Susan Vanek & Jette Rygaard

  • Location: Yokum Room 200
  • When: Friday, March 4 from 3 – 4 p.m.

The paintings, writings, and other artistic materials produced by Rockwell Kent during his time in Greenland are some of his most iconic works, displaying vast, mountainous expanses as well as intimate glimpses into quotidian. At a time when travel to the island was highly restricted, these works provide insight into not only the history of the island but often-unseen everyday life and activities. However, it must be remembered that the materials Kent produced are situated within a particular time, place, and perspective, produced by a visitor to Greenland, and, while beautiful, offer a subjective view of life in the country.

Tall man standing behind three womenThis presentation explores the representation of gender and sexuality in Kent’s Greenland works, focusing on the depiction of women as “beautiful and unmoral”, caretakers of men and objects of desire. Revealing far more about norms in the United States in the early 20th century than understandings of gender and sexuality in Greenland at the time, Kent’s descriptions nonetheless fit well within a broader common narrative that positioned Indigenous women as knowable and childlike but also exotic — a trope in which constructions of gender and sexuality were key and continues to permeate representations of Arctic Peoples today. This presentation interrogates these representations and their lasting legacy as well as our role as researchers when approaching such one-sided historical accounts.

Watch: Pursuing Beauty in Bewilderment at its Profusion

New Light on the Friendship Between Rockwell Kent & Knud Rasmussen

Erik Torm

  • Location: Online
  • When: Friday, March 4 from 5 – 6 p.m.

Author of When the Colour Ceases to be Just a Color| Rockwell Kent’s Greenland Paintings
Research Fellow Uummannaq Polar Institute

Knud Rasmussen was a famous Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. He has been called the “father of Eskimology” and was the first European to travel the entire Northwest Passage via dog sled. He was the son of a Danish missionary, the vicar Christian Rasmussen, and an Inuit–Danish mother, Lovise Rasmussen. Although never formally educated, Rasmussen's contributions to anthropology and polar exploration are recognized by academic authorities worldwide. He died having recorded and documented vast knowledge about the native people of the Arctic.

Man in arctic with dogs and sledIn the archives of the Royal Library in Copenhagen are some handwritten letters from Kent to Peter Freuchen and Daugaard-Jensen, which only a few have been aware of. The lecture is about the content of these letters.

Watch: New Light on the Friendship Between Rockwell Kent & Knud Rasmussen

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