Studio Art

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Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Studio Art concentration’s faculty of professional artists prepares students for careers in the visual arts (as professional artists, in galleries and museums, and as arts administrators) and to pursue graduate study in: art education, studio art, art history or theory, arts administration, and art therapy. The BFA program involves rigorous individual instruction tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals. Students take art courses including: Painting, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media, Small Metals and Jewelry, Computer Imaging, and Printmaking.  Students also have the opportunity to  take courses that emphasize marketability, including: Arts Management, Professional Practices and Portfolio, Museum as Medium,  and Studio Art Internship. Additionally, each student completes a year-long senior project during which he or she works closely with a professional artist. Many students participate in study abroad opportunities. Our goal, which is unique among colleges and universities, is for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the arts while also gaining the abilities to market their skills in today’s competitive global economy.
Minors: Most students take one or more minors in conjunction with their Studio Major. Minors in Art History, Pre-Art Therapy, Arts Management, Photography, Fashion Design, Theater and Visual Communications are common among Studio Art majors. For non-majors, Studio Art offers a popular minor with three tracks to choose among: a general Studio Art track and tracks that focus on 2-D or 3-D courses.

Special Features:
• All students work with professionals in their area of interest during their internships: art therapists, art educators, museum curators & registrars, gallery owners & directors, arts administrators, animation studios and free-lance artists.
• Students are individually matched with arts professionals in their area of interest as part of their Senior Project. Students meet with their professional contacts 3-4 times during their senior year.
• Entering students take four Foundations courses (Drawing: Perception/Observation, Design + Color Theory, Structuring Human Space, and Time Movement Narrative) that prepare them for the advanced content of their Studio Art courses
• The College has a highly respected professional gallery with ongoing individual and group exhibitions, including the annual juried student exhibition and exhibitions by graduating Studio Art majors.
• Art Club is a student organization that arranges trips to New York City and area museums and galleries and carries out service projects.

Studio Art students study in the new Art and Design building and at Jephson Campus (formerly South Campus). Studio Art courses are taught at our Jephson Campus facilities located across the street from beautiful Cazenovia Lake. We have studios dedicated to drawing, painting, figure drawing from live models, sculpture (including kiln-formed glass, welding, woodshop + plaster studios), and ceramics.

Reisman Hall includes a beautiful gallery and outdoor sculpture court, exhibiting the work of professional artists, photographers and designers.

Students have access to studios, darkrooms and workshops outside of class time. Our students also benefit from the College’s strong relationship with Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, just on the outskirts of town, where national and international sculptors create site-specific sculptures which are exhibited in the context of a nature preserve.

  • Studio artists—exhibiting and selling work, mural commissions, artist residencies, writing and getting grants.
  • Arts administration including: owning and/or directing professional galleries or other positions within galleries and museums, theatres, performing arts organizations, and other cultural agencies.
  • Teaching art and photography at the K-12 through college level.
  • Mural commissions, artist residencies, writing and getting grants.
  • Graduate studies in such areas as: Art Education, all areas of Studio Art, Art Therapy, Art History and Theory.

   Course (Credits)         
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy: 
      SA 498  Senior Project: Research and Development (3)
   Senior Capstone: SA 499 Senior Project: Thesis Exhibition (3)

Art & Sciences Courses 
   Course (Credits)       
   FA 111    Art History I (3)
   FA 112    Art History II  (3)
   FA 210    Art of the World (3)
   FA 401    Contemporary Developments in the Arts (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 12

Career Courses 
   Course (Credits)       
   SA 111    Drawing: Perception/Observation (3)
   SA 121    Painting (3)
   SA 131    Design + Color Theory (3)
   SA 132    Structuring Human Space (3)
   SA 161    Photography I (3)
   SA 168    Time, Movement and Narrative (3)
   SA 211    Figure Drawing (3)
   SA 241    Ceramics (3)
   SA 242    Sculpture: Glass/Mixed Media (3)
   SA 276/263    Computer Imaging or Digital Photography (3)
   SA 361    Site and Space  (3)
   SA 311    Life Drawing & 3-D Forms (3)
   SA 365    Alternative Processes (3)
   SA 381    Internship (3)
   SA 393    Internship Preparation (1)
   SA 415    Graphic Forms (3)
   SA493     Professional Practices and Portfolio (3)
   SA or FA 309    Special Topics in the Arts  (3)
   FA 371    Research Topics in the Visual Arts (3)
   FA 471    Advanced Research Topics in the Visual Arts (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 58


Open Electives   
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (9)
   300/400 level  (3)
Total Open Elective Credits - 12


* Recommended electives: BU 215 Arts Management, FA 405 Arts in the Community, SA 308 Jewelry/Small Metals, and SA 231 Printmaking.

Contact Information:

Kim Waale
Professor and Program Director, Studio Art
Jephson Campus A
Phone: (315) 655-7309
Email: kwaale

Jo Buffalo
Professor, Art
Jephson Campus A 207
Phone: (315) 655-7123
Email: jbuffalo

Corky Goss
Professor, Art
Jephson Campus A 201
Phone: (315) 655-7246
Email: cgoss

Jennifer Pepper
Associate Professor, Art
Jephson Campus A 206
Phone: (315) 655-7138
Email: jpepper

Jeremy Randall
Visiting Instructor, Art
Jephson Campus A
Phone: (315) 655-7112
E-mail: jdrandall

Anita Welych
Professor, Art and Coordinator of Foundation Studies
Jephson Campus A
Email: awelych
Phone: 315-655-7111

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