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Why Our Program?

  • Our flexible program encourages you to think in an expansive way; for example, if your work calls for video or performance, the faculty will direct you in that way.
  • As a senior, you will work in your own private studio and benefit from a large amount of one-on-one tutoring.
  • Our faculty members are all practicing artists whose work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious collections.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities in such places as Florence, Italy, and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists who come to the School of Art each year.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at SU:VPA and beyond.


Shaffer Art Building

The painting program is housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is also home to the Department of Transmedia, jazz studies in the Setnor School of Music, and Syracuse University Art Galleries. The building also contains a 60-seat lecture hall and the 300-seat Shemin Auditorium.

Painting facilities include well-lighted studios that have special skylights receiving north light and a complete workshop.

Visiting Artists

Throughout the year the painting program and the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these artists, designers, and educators, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth.

Past guests have included Edward Albee, writer; Gregory Amenoff, painter; Emma Amos, painter and critic; Shimon Attie, artist; Radcliffe Bailey, artist; William Bailey, painter; Kenneth Baker, critic; Ross Bleckner, painter; Richard Bosman, painter; Emily Cheng, painter; Sue Coe, painter; Max Cole, painter; Robert Colescott, painter; Lynne Cooke, curator/critic; Constance DeJong, writer; Vincent Desiderio, painter; Martha Diamond, painter; Stuart Diamond, painter; Barbara Ess, photographer; Eric Fischl, painter; Tony Fitzpatrick, painter; Michael Fried, critic; Paul Georges, painter; Mariam Ghani, artist; Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, painter and critic; Jack Goldstein, artist; Clement Greenberg ’30, critic; Jacob Hashimoto, artist; Sumi Hayashi, curator; Eleanor Heartney, critic; David Humphrey, painter; Valerie Jaudon, painter; Edgar Jerins, artist (drawing); Hilton Kramer ’50, H ’76, critic; Barbara Kruger, artist and critic; Donald Kuspit, critic; Barry LaVa, artist; Thomas Lawson, painter and critic; Annette Lemieux, artist; and Sherrie Levine, artist.

Also Chris Martin, painter; Joseph Masheck, critic; James McGarrell, painter; George McNeil, painter; Stephen Melville, critic; Alice Neel, painter; Joan Nelson, painter; Tom Nozkowski, painter; Saul Ostrow, artist and critic; Carl Palazzolo, painter; Ray Parker ’60, painter; Jose Parla, artist; Peter Plagens G’64, painter and critic; Joanna Pousette-Dart, painter; William Powhida '98, painter; Lucio Pozzi, painter and writer; Rebecca Purdum ’81, painter; Aimee Rankin, artist and critic; Carter Ratcliff, critic; Charles Ray, sculptor; Alexis Rockman, painter; Julian Rosefeldt, artist; David Ross ’71, museum director; Susan Rothenberg, painter; David Row, painter; David Salle, painter; Laura Sanders, painter; Mira Schor, painter and critic; Anna Schuleit, artist; Patterson Sims, museum director; Howard Singerman, critic; Michael Smith, performance artist; Gary Stephan, painter; Robert Storr, painter, curator, and critic; Dan Sutherland, artist; Stephen Talasnik, artist (drawing/painting); Mark Tansey, painter; Tula Telfair G’86, painter; Wayne Thiebaud, painter; Sidney Tillim ’50, painter and critic; Phyliss Tuchman, critic; John Walker, painter; William Wegman, artist; Stephen Westfall, painter and critic; Karen Wilkin ’91, G’93, critic; Robert Pincus Witten, curator/critic; and Sue Williams, painter.