For more than half a century, SUNY New Paltz has been well known for its art programs and distinguished faculty, who work with a close-knit community of art majors to develop their creative interests and prepare them for professional art careers. Those who graduate with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees celebrate with an exhibition of their thesis projects at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.
The BFA in Drawing & Painting curriculum in particular encourages a balance of technical proficiency and creative exploration with a wide range of subjects, materials, and formats.
The Smiley Art Building houses the studios and classrooms of the visual arts, art education and art history programs. All first-year art students begin with foundation courses here in Smiley, and Drawing & Painting students take upper division courses and eventually get their own studio space in the building. Smiley is also home to the Makerbot Innovation Center, and is adjacent to McKenna Theater and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.