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NEW Art Concentration To Start This Fall Semester Showcasing Public Art Installations

Stephen J. Tyson Sr. with Art student Veronica Cohen

Fine Arts Faculty Member Stephen J. Tyson, Art Gallery Director and Curator, with Veronica Cohen, a student in his Introduction to Drawing Class.


A new Art Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree program, will start this Fall Semester. Students can apply now for the new program! 

Student drawing in art classroom

The new Art Concentration will challenge students who have specific visual-arts skills to express their own sense of the world, but also to appreciate others' expressions of their own time and place. A dynamic aspect of the program is that the College will pursue collaborations with local artists and civic organizations for students and faculty to create and install public art that speaks to all dimensions of our community.

Student drawing in art classroom

Student working on art project with The Rise Art Gallery in the background

Students will have the opportunity to intern with community arts organizations and to display and curate art that has been created by their fellow students, their professors, and local artists. Exhibits will take place in The Rise Gallery, located next to the visual arts classroom in the new SUNY Schenectady Center for the Arts (13 State Street) across from campus.

SUNY Schenectady Center for the Arts outdoor sign

Stephen J. Tyson speaking to student in visual arts classroom

Stephen J. Tyson teaching Introdution to Drawing in art classroom

“This is an exciting time for the arts at SUNY Schenectady and for the community at large,” said Stephen J. Tyson, Fine Arts Faculty Member. “Students will now have a new opportunity to express their creativity as they realize their aspirations for the visual arts while gaining the technical skills needed to execute their work. In addition, the art history courses now offered will provide our students with a greater context of how art has evolved throughout history and its significance for humanity.”

Students are invited to contact the Admissions Office for more information about enrolling in the Art Concentration.