The Study Gallery

The Syracuse University Art Galleries welcomes proposals for short term exhibitions to be installed during the fall and spring semesters in The Study Gallery. Past displays have included selections from the University’s permanent collection for survey courses in Art History, Chinese Ceramics, Modern British Art, Indian Mithila painting, and language arts.

Any Syracuse University faculty, staff, student group or department can propose a short term exhibition that coincides with a specific curriculum or special event.  To submit a proposal, please fill out the Study Gallery Proposal Form, and a member of the SUArt Curatorial Staff will be in touch with you regarding your proposal.



Pure Photography:
Pictorial and Modern Photography

Photography’s evolution as an art form has been influenced by countless individuals, thematic styles, and chemical processes.  Initially, photography was used largely to document what surrounded or intrigued the public eye. As more individuals began using cameras, the idea grew that photography could be a form of art in addition to a form of documentation. This captured the attention of many artists, most notably Alfred Stieglitz, who formed the Photo Secession and helped establish Pictorialism.

The photographers included in this exhibition have extensive histories that span thematic periods and artistic styles. Taking their cues from Master Photographers like Edward Steichen, artists such as Berenice Abbott and Manuel Alvarez Bravo built on that foundation in order to explore the very art of photography. Utilizing their cameras, they created a new, modern vision for photography with a revised understanding of the camera and its capabilities. No longer tied to a pictorial past, these artists, and others, gave photography its own unique definition as an art form based solely on its ability to capture and create striking images. As a result, they too are considered Master Photographers.


20th Century Figurative Drawings

Figurative drawing has a long and storied tradition in the history of art.  Many of the sketches in this display were created by artists in the midst of practicing and honing their craft, focusing on small details of the human body such as hands, arms, or necklines. These sketches most likely were created either in their studio, or in a formal art class, utilizing a model as a tool to train ones eye to look critically at the human form in order to replicate it on paper.

The art of figurative drawing is also integral to the overall process of making art, illuminating the very starting point of an artist’s vision.  A number of the pieces displayed in this cabinet are among the first inspirational sketches produced by an artist.  This initial vision may ultimately be produced in a final format such as a painting, sculpture, or print.  Utilizing tools such as crayons, graphite or pen, these sketches may have been quickly drawn to capture a fleeting idea, or carefully crafted in that their preliminary sketch closely mimics the final presentation. For example, the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth [study for Sweet Grapes] from around 1920 is a close replica of her later sculpture, created in 1928 and currently on display in the Gallery of American Art permanent display cases.