Research & Scholarly Access


Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to visit the SUArt Galleries to research its extensive collection.  The Syracuse University Art 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 sub-continent of India.

SUArt shall make research materials in its possession available to legitimate researchers with legitimate justification, but with the following stipulations:

Inventories, relevant files and the assistance of a staff member shall be available to users.

The SUAC may limit the use of fragile or unusually valuable materials.

Access during SUAC hours of operation by appointment, depending on the availability of staff.

The SUAC may refuse access to an individual researcher who has demonstrated such carelessness or deliberate destructiveness as to endanger the safety of the materials.

Photographic and xerographic reproduction:

Photocopies of documents/printed matter in files are allowed except if documents are of a sensitive nature (for example the value and location of an object or collection of objects).

Copies may not be used “for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” (U.S. Copyright Law, Title 17). Therefore, reproduction by the SUAC in now way transfers either copyright or property rights, nor does it constitute permission to publish or display materials.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the SUArt Galleries at least two weeks in advance of your visit. In your request, please state the purpose of your visit/ research project, collection or archival material requested, and time frame you expect to require for your research visit.  This detailed information will allow the galleries  to properly prepare for your visit and advise you of any restrictions or other conditions that might affect your access to the collections.

Syracuse University Art Galleries
Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse University