Buffalo State University

With top-notch facilities and galleries, opportunities for internships and overseas study, and degree programs in art, art history, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, fine arts graduates are prepared to push the boundaries of their discipline and follow in the footsteps Buffalo State alumnae like Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman.

The Fine Arts Department offers undergraduate majors in art, art history, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and minor programs in art history, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Buffalo State's location in the heart of the museum district and ties to a variety local arts organizations offer ample opportunities for experiences outside the classroom. Factor in the college's rich on-campus arts resources and you have an ideal environment for creative expression and interdisciplinary study. Further afield, the Fine Arts Department offers majors the opportunity to study overseas for one semester of their junior year in Siena, Italy.


United States

Upton Hall 502, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue
New York
NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6014
Fax: (716) 878-6697
Website: http://www.buffalostate.e

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Academic Staff and Description


The faculty consists of four art historians, three painters, two photographers, two printmakers, and one sculptor. The art historians hold doctoral degrees in their specialties and are actively engaged in intensive research and publishing. The studio artists have terminal degrees in their fields and are active exhibiting professionals. Faculty members advise students about options in academic and professional careers.

Recent faculty achievements:

Lin Xia Jiang was awarded second prize for his painting American Ukiyo-e High Kick at the Cambridge Art Association's National Prize Show 2004, juried by Robert Fitzpatrick, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, and former dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

Two paintings by Lin Xia Jiang appeared in the national exhibition Across the Divide at the Gatov and Werby galleries at California State University in Long Beach: American Ukiyoe: One Hand Standing and American Ukiyoe: High Kick.

Francis Kowsky reissued his book Country, Park and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

The B.A. in art program provides students with an emphasis in creative visual arts. Individuals are encouraged to concentrate in one or more areas of fine arts or design after foundation experience in drawing, design, and art history.

The B.A. in art history program focuses on the nature and history of artistic development in the Western world from prehistoric times to the present. Students who expect to attend graduate school should study either French or German. Students interested in the classical period should study Latin or Greek.

The B.F.A. program offers students a choice of four majors: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Acceptance to the B.F.A. program is based on an interview and a portfolio review. Majors in each discipline take courses that provide a thorough understanding of art history and visual art, and in-depth studio and exhibit experiences in the major.

Painting majors study color organization, pictorial skills, and traditional materials and techniques. Students work in oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media.
Photography majors study traditional darkroom and emergent digital technologie...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply


Students who pursue a B.A. in art receive a well-rounded liberal arts education that emphasizes the creative visual arts. In this program, majors chart their own courses of study from choices in the Fine Arts and Design Departments.

Students who pursue a B.A. in art history study human achievement in the visual arts and architecture from prehistoric times to the present. Students become familiar with the discipline of art historical investigation, using research and scholarship methods common to art history and related humanistic disciplines. The program provides a broad foundation for graduate study in art history and suitable preparation for further study and careers in art conservation, historic preservation, tourism, and cultural affairs.

Students who pursue a bachelor of fine arts focus on painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture to prepare for careers as professional artists with emphasis on studio work. Sometimes this includes expertise in related commercial areas.

Prospective undergraduate students interested in entering the Fine Arts Department at Buffalo St...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)


The best way to learn about life at Buffalo State is to come experience it yourself!
Buffalo State offers visitors daily campus tours (Monday through Friday). During the school year, we also host several Saturday morning sessions followed by a tour.

Our campus tour lasts about an hour. During the tour, you will get a taste of life at Buffalo State! Our tour includes our performing arts center, the library, academic classrooms, the athletic center, residence halls and the student union.

Spring 2007 Tour Schedule
Make an online reservation

Spring tours at Buffalo State College will run through May 3, 2007, Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. with a second tour on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

*Please note there will be no tours April 2-6.