Research Overview

The department of Art is located in the heart of the Center for the Arts building on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

The CFA is Central

In 1994, the Center for the Arts was built by the celebrated and critically acclaimed architectural firm Gwathmey Siegel & Architects Associates, the very same firm responsible for the Guggenheim museum expansion and renovation as well as the recent expansion of architect Paul Rudolph’s Yale University’s Arts Complex.

The Center for the Arts is a 264,000 square foot building at the cross-axis of north campus overlooking Lake La Salle. The CFA is home to the UB art galleries, the departments of Media Studies, Theater and Dance as well as the department of Art. The benefits of having the visual and performing arts under one roof are wide ranging. Students and faculty from diverse arts disciplines mix in the classroom, studio and one of CFA’s onsite cafes and bistro.

The CFA is central. We are located a just a short walk from the student union as well as our friends in the School of Engineering, Biological Sciences and the Oscar A. Silverman Library and Lockwood Memorial Library.

Areas of Research

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The Art History program is committed to exploring the visual arts (painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography and decorative arts) and today’s broad and immersive visual world as tools for exploring and decoding culture.
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Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts is a hybrid studio laboratory facility dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with the tools and technologies of the life sciences.
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Explore line, shape and form in a variety of mediums on a diversity of scale. Work in large rooms with skylights and spotlights at dimensions that are only limited by your imagination. Everything from still-life and life drawing to anatomical and architectural drawing are explored here. Our award-winning instructors are here to help you refine and expand your skills.
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Explore and shape the future of art. Emerging Practices is a multidisciplinary studio practice that builds on knowledge of emerging technologies such as interactive multi-media, electronic installation, networked telematic communication, robotic art, three-dimensional simulation, biotechnology, and algorithmic image synthesis.
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Today’s digitally networked culture and industry demand increasing levels of visual literacy. Communication in the 21st century is an ecology of information, knowledge production, and visual rhetoric that shapes the way our world is understood and acted upon.
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Painting is continually evolving, producing an enormous variety of responses to philosophies and technological developments. This is true whether it was moving from the frescoed surface to wood panels and canvas, hand mixed paints stored in animal bladders to manufactured tubes or responding to photographic and digital media. 
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Photography is concerned with producing self-critical, creative artists and professional photographers capable of engaging in professional photography and contemporary art independently and self-reliantly, with an awareness of the variety of photographic productions and critical concerns. 
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You will be challenged in an atmosphere of intellectual exploration and investigation, combined with comprehensive print facilities within which students can develop, explore, and refine their personal vision.
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The sculpture/installation program encourages students to investigate and a multitude of methods, materials and actions. Because object making and a diverse range of fabrication techniques and technologies is common to most methods of expression throughout contemporary art practice, the program engages the material, technical, aesthetic and theoretical dimensions within contemporary practice.
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Buffalo has a vibrant and active arts scene. There are lots of galleries and museums both on the UB campus and within the city.