Mission and Vision


The SUArt Galleries is Syracuse University’s fine arts museum, offering the SU community and the general public a dynamic schedule of engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions, all of them enriched by public programs. With its emphasis on American art and interpretation, and a focus on exploring art in its historical, cultural, and social contexts, the SUArt Galleries serves as a museum-laboratory for our students and university community.


Its vision is to provide meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the visual arts. The educational experiences will concentrate on exhibitions from the university’s encyclopedic permanent collection and temporary exhibitions from outside collections examining a broad spectrum of visual arts themes, subjects and time periods.

Mission Statement For The Syracuse University Art Collection

The University Art Collection is the primary repository for art on the Syracuse University campus. The department’s mission is to provide meaningful encounters with its objects through the acquisition, preservation and interpretation of the collection to the university community of students, faculty and staff, alumni, and to the region’s general public.

The collection is comprised of a diverse, encyclopedic group of fine art and ethnographic objects by international makers and represents styles and time periods from pre-history to the present. Important collections include 20th century American paintings and prints, 20th century American photography, 19th century European painting, 15th through 20th century western graphic art, Korean ceramics, Pre-Columbian ceramics and fabrics, and folk art from the subcontinent India.

The collection’s current focus is centered on twentieth century American art, especially print media and works on paper. The department has planned a acquisition program that acknowledges the importance of university donors and that enables the Collection to fill gaps in its holdings through appropriate purchases. Object preservation is a critical component of the department’s operation as the staff is fully aware of the need to maintain the physical quality of the collection for educational purposes and to maintain the value of one of the University’s capital assets. Interpretation includes exhibitions and accompanying didactic labeling and literature, scholarly articles on collection objects, monitored hands-on opportunities, gallery installations for specific curricular needs, and classroom and public lectures and informal conversations covering collection objects and issues.

Vision Statement For The Syracuse University Art Collection

The University Art Collection seeks to enhance the cultural environment of the Syracuse community.

Students, university faculty, staff, alumni, campus visitors, the greater Central New York regional population, and those visitors around the country who see the Art Collection Traveling Exhibitions are provided meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the department’s diverse collection of international objects covering the styles and time periods from pre-history to the present.

These educational experiences focus on collection objects and include classroom encounters, controlled hands-on opportunities, exhibitions in our main gallery and satellite galleries, and through the presentation of scholarly information through exhibition publications, journal articles and public lectures.