The School of Art has an active and supportive community that self-organizes exhibitions and events.
Our students regularly exhibit on and off campus, including recent projects with Leeds College of Art, Cornell University, and Colgate University. Our graduate students run Random Access Gallery and Contemporary Art Space Programming (CASP) organization. They are involved in bringing visiting artists to campus. They regularly attend the annual conferences of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the Southern Graphics Council (SGCI) as well as visits to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Student Art Organizations
Random Access Gallery
The Random Access Gallery seeks to provide current graduate students with a space to expand upon their practice by contributing to cross-departmental dialogue. It enriches the arts community within Syracuse University and Syracuse as a whole through both graduate-organized programming as well as visiting artist exhibitions, which inform students by encouraging them to connect to other communities regionally, nationally, and internationally. Through its programs, Random Access seeks to bridge interests while expanding the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ graduate network.
Shaped Clay Society
The Shaped Clay Society is a student-run organization of ceramics undergraduate and graduate ceramics students. Through various fund-raising activities—including a popular mug sale on campus—the group is able to increase educational opportunities, such as bringing visiting artists to campus, or support a local organization, such as Empty Bowls benefits for the Interreligious Food Consortium of Central New York.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing (JAM) Club is open to anyone interested in becoming a member. Members of the club gain experience making and selling jewelry, t-shirts, and program-related items to the Syracuse University community. Students learn about pricing, advertising, organizing a sale, and running a business-oriented art club.
Command Print is our student-run print club. As a member, you can participate in numerous events, field trips, and demonstrations related to printmaking.
Beyond the School of Art
As a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, you are part of a creative, collaborative community within a university of endless possibilities. Your fellow VPA students and faculty are visual and performing artists and communication scholars who present exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts, recitals, presentations, and lectures. You will enrich your personal and professional life with classes from the University’s other schools and colleges, and you can attend University Lectures, Syracuse Symposium events, and more. You can explore the galleries and exhibition spaces of the University’s Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, including the Syracuse University Art Museum, Light Work, and the Urban Video Project. Beyond the University, the city of Syracuse offers a lively cultural scene, including the Everson Museum of Art, which boasts impressive and comprehensive holdings of American ceramic art.