Kendall Cooleen '18 | Untitled (detail)
Art Photography Studios Art Photography Studios
Photo Studio Photo Studio
Digital Studio Digital Studio
Digital Studio Digital Studio
Exhibition Space Exhibition Space
Previous Next

Why Our Program?

  • We are dedicated to offering you a learning environment that is challenging, passionate, and exciting.
  • Our faculty members are all practicing artists whose work is published and exhibited internationally as well as included in prestigious collections. Their grants and fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
  • Our professional equipment and facilities will allow you to produce museum-quality photographs. You will have opportunities to display your own work.
  • You will benefit from our close partnership with Light Work, a world-renowned photography center at Syracuse University, which hosts the art photography program's annual student exhibition the Transmedia Photography Annual.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at VPA and beyond.


Shaffer Art Building

The art photography program is housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is home to all programs and facilities in the Department of Transmedia. We have invested in our equipment and facilities to ensure our educational goals are met. Students have easy access to a range of professional cameras and lighting equipment through our check-out program. We maintain excellent digital, color, and black-and-white facilities, allowing students to produce museum-quality photographs. And with our strong partnership with Light Work, a world-renowned photography center housed on the Syracuse campus, students benefit from access to their production facilities, lectures, and workshops.

Visiting Artists

Carrie Mae Weems

You will draw inspiration and insight from the resident and visiting artists who come to the art photography program, the Department of Transmedia, and Light Work each year. Past visiting and resident artists have included Shimon Attie, George Awde, Stephen Barker, Elinor Carucci, Liz Cohen, Kelli Connell, Stan Douglas, Mitch Epstein, LaToya Ruby Frazier G'07, Richard Renaldi, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Amy Stein, Mark Steinmetz, Zoe Strauss, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Recent visiting curators, critics, and editors have included Andy Adams, Flackphoto; Phil Bicker, The Fader Magazine;Peter Galassi, Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Alice Rose George, JGS Foundation, Damaini; Alison Nordstrom, George Eastman House; Ariel Shanberg, Woodstock Center for Photography; Franklin Sirmans, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Lynne Tillman, Artforum.