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Department of Art

Our art students live, create and study in a unique art environment within the context of a stimulating liberal arts tradition.

Art students have the advantage of working closely and sharing ideas with other creative people in music, dance, drama and writing. This total art environment provides a challenging stimulus and has given the SUNY Potsdam art program a reputation for excellence.

Graduates from the Department of Art are prepared to continue learning at the graduate level or pursue a wide range of professions. SUNY Potsdam students have developed careers in the fine arts, art administration, art therapy, digital design, K-12 and university teaching, illustration, museum curation, audiovisual administration, publishing, gallery ownership, interior design, architecture, commercial printing, pattern making, photojournalism and studio ceramics.

 
Morgan Sychtysz ’20

Morgan Sychtysz ’20 completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual arts in just three years. After first appearing in the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Gibson Gallery last spring, her “fruit basket” oil paintings were then accepted into the SUNY Art at the Rockefeller Institute exhibition—a year-long art show depicting some of the best art from faculty and students within the SUNY system. Sychtysz is now focused on completing her certificate in art education, with the ultimate goal of being a K-12 art teacher when she graduates next spring.

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John Alleyne '14

SUNY Potsdam alumnus John Alleyne ’14 has found great success since graduating with a BFA in studio art five years ago. He went on to work at the Museum of Modern Art, received his master’s degree from Louisiana State University and now works as an artist and adjunct professor at three universities in and around Baton Rouge.

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Iggy Beerbower - Cultivating Creativity

Since she started at SUNY Potsdam five years ago, Assistant Professor Iggy Beerbower has been bringing her passion for photography to her students—most recently by overseeing a unique travel course to Cuba with seven SUNY Potsdam students

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Michelle Solorzano ’19

Michelle Solorzano ’19 is a talented art student who is working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Take a visual tour of a day in her life.

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Graphic Design & New Media Major

SUNY Potsdam now offers new baccalaureate programs in the vibrant and growing field of graphic design and media arts. The College's Department of Art offers two tracks in the major-one leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, and another leading to the rigorous Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Romi Sebald '85

Alumna Romi Sebald ’85 came to SUNY Potsdam as a freshman in 1981 and never left. Now 35 years later, Sebald is the collections manager for The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam.

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“I gained so much direction and guidance from the creative minds of SUNY Potsdam’s art professors — they put me on the fast track into a bright and shining future.”

Jillian Petercsak Art Studio Alumna

Caitlin Kobylak '19, who earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at SUNY Potsdam, discusses what it's like to be an art student at SUNY Potsdam as a member of the LGBTQ community.