Areas within the Department of Art

Areas of Study, Labs, Studios, Galleries and Service Centers

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

exterior photograph of the Center for the Arts on a sunny day with trees in the foreground.

Schedule a tour with Undergraduate Admissions
Schedule a meeting with the Department of Art undergraduate director Reinhard Reitzenstein or graduate director Matt Kenyon

The Center for the Arts

Featuring three theatres, a screening room, and the UB Art Galleries exhibition space, as well as the Departments of Art, Media Study, Theater, and Dance, the Center for the Arts presents a wide range of high quality performing arts and visual arts for the University, the State and the region.

The Department of Art offers BFA, BA, MA, MFA, and PhD degrees and various areas of specialization, art history, including graphic design, emerging practices / art and technology, painting, photography, print media, sculpture, and visual studies. Students have access to a variety of labs, studios, project spaces, and service centers for the duration of their coursework in the department.

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

The Center for the Arts is a 264,000 square foot building overlooking Lake La Salle in the middle  of North Campus. The CFA is home to the UB art galleries, the departments of Media Studies, Theater, and Dance as well as the Department of Art. Students and faculty from diverse disciplines within the arts mix in the classroom, in the studio, or in one of the CFA’s onsite cafes.

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, the Oscar A. Silverman Library, and the Lockwood Memorial Library.


To learn more about the program or to schedule a visit, please reach out to us.

Undergraduate Director

  • Reinhard Reitzenstein
    Associate Professor, Director Undergraduate Program, Sculpture Program Head. He works in several parallel areas: indoor installation and sculpture using cast, spun and welded metals, wood, glass, photography, digitally processed images; large scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art.

Graduate Director

  • Matt Kenyon
    Associate Professor, Graphic Design; Emerging Practices. Kenyon’s work has been exhibited internationally and collected by institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It has received a number of awards including the distinguished FILE Prix Lux Art prize.

Art Office