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 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.

Areas of Research

In today’s broad and immersive visual world, the Art History program is committed to studying the visual arts as tools for exploring and decoding culture.
Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts is a hybrid studio laboratory facility dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with tools and technologies from the life sciences.
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. Here, we explore everything from still-life and life drawing to anatomical and architectural drawing. Our award-winning instructors are here to help you refine and expand your skills.
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.
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 people understand our world.
Painting is continually evolving, producing an enormous variety of responses to philosophies and technological developments. These changes have always been part of the discipline, whether it meant moving from the frescoed surface to wood panels or from hand-mixed paints to digital techniques.
Photography is concerned with producing creative artists and professional photographers who are fluent in a wide variety of photographic productions, techniques, and critical concerns.
Print Media students work in an atmosphere of intellectual exploration and investigation, with comprehensive print facilities for developing and refining their personal vision.
The sculpture and installation program encourages students to investigate a multitude of methods, materials, and conceptual approaches. Students in this area employ a range of fabrication techniques and technologies to engage with the material, technical, aesthetic, and theoretical dimensions of contemporary sculpture practice.
Buffalo has a vibrant arts scene. There are lots of galleries and museums to explore and engage with, both on the UB campus and within the city. Galleries provide professional training for graduate and undergraduate students through internships and curatorial opportunities.