Become an exemplary change agent

Why Our Program?

  • You can combine coursework in creative leadership with electives in the studio arts, design, art education, arts in context, and information studies.
  • You will study with an active, professional faculty who are themselves creative leaders.
  • You will benefit from an active schedule of visiting artists and speakers in the school, college, and University.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic SU:VPA alumni.


The School of Art is located in three buildings: the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building and Smith Hall on Main Campus and the Comstock Art Facility, also known as “ComArt,” near South Campus. Shaffer Art Building houses studios and classrooms for illustration and painting, while ComArt houses extensive studio facilities and shops for ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. ComArt is also home to art education studios and classrooms. Smith Hall is SU:VPA’s nexus for interdisciplinary programs and research, including graduate study in the School of Art.

Visiting Artists and Speakers

Throughout the year the School of Art, SU:VPA, and Syracuse University welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists and speakers to campus, some of whom are alumni. Spanning the disciplines, they give presentations and lectures and and are a critical component of your artistic and scholarly growth.

Recent School of Art guests have included Kryssi Staikidis, Carl Potts, Sean Cummins, Laurie Rosenwald, Annette Lemieux, Polly Becker, Holland Houdek G’12, Kodwo Eshun of Otolith Group, Art Werger, Caroline Woolard, Dawn Clements, Rebecca Mock, Koichi Yamamoto, Kukuli Velarde, Kathleen Browne, Joel Otterson, Scott Bakal G’06, Cassils, Saya Woolfalk, Jerry Pinkney, and Andy Brayman.