The School of Art maintains studios, facilities and classrooms in three buildings: Comstock Art Facility (ComArt) The Shaffer Art Building, and Smith Hall.

In addition, students may work in facilities at the University’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse in downtown Syracuse. Wood, metal, and various digital fabrication workshops exist in ComArt, Smith, and the Warehouse.


Comstock art facilites from the outside.

Comstock Art Facility (ComArt)

Comstock Art Facility, also known as ComArt, is the home of facilities that support arts education, ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking/print media and graphic art, and sculpture. All students have access to a wood shop, metal shops, and digital fabrication studios. ComArt also houses the Sarah A. Coyne Gallery as well as two large rooms used for installations, critiques, and exhibitions.

Studio spaces at ComArt include private, semi-private, and shared space studios for graduate students working with ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking and sculpture.


The outside of Shaffer Art Building.

Shaffer Art Building

The Shaffer Art Building houses the School of Art’s programs in illustration and painting. It is also home to the Department of Transmedia, jazz studies in the Setnor School of Music, and Syracuse University Art Galleries. The building contains a 60-seat lecture hall and the 300-seat Shemin Auditorium. Painting facilities include well-lit studios that have special skylights receiving north light and a complete workshop.

Shaffer houses private studio spaces for students working in painting. M.F.A. candidates have excellent facilities in which to pursue independent work and research. Each student has a studio space and is encouraged to be self-motivated. Studios are well lit and have special skylights receiving north light.

Exhibition spaces in Shaffer include the Michael Sickler Gallery and the Wall.


Outside of Smith Hall during the spring.

Smith Hall

Smith Hall is emerging as a hub for collaborative and interdisciplinary programs and graduate studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. It includes a drawing classroom and studio spaces for studio arts and Department of Transmedia graduate students. It is also home to the M.F.A. in design program, the graduate program in museum studies, and the Canary Lab. A wood shop and workshop area are located in the basement. Random Access Gallery, a graduate-run exhibition space, is on the first floor.