Best of SUNY Art Exhibition Opens June 6 at State Museum

June 4, 2015

The Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition returns to the New York State Museum on June 6, 2015. The annual exhibition showcases artwork created by SUNY’s talented student artists from across New York State.

Open through September 6, 2015, the exhibition features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s campuses. The exhibition includes 84 artworks selected from over 300 submissions.  The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and digitally produced works.

A list of the artists featured in the exhibition is available at the following link: Three student artists will receive $1,000 scholarships. Honorable Mention awards of $500 will be given to four additional students. SUNY will announce the awardees in June.

“The New York State Museum is an ideal location for the outstanding student works included in the annual Best of SUNY art exhibition,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “This year’s pieces are breathtaking and imaginative, and they come to us from students at campuses across the State. We are proud to showcase their work here in the heart of New York’s capital city, where the museum attracts visitors from throughout state and the country. Congratulations to all of our student artists.”

“The Board of Regents and the State Museum recognize the importance of visual arts in higher education, which is why we are honored to once again host the Best of SUNY Student Art exhibition,” said State Museum Director Mark Schaming. “The quality and diversity of the artwork on display is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and talent of SUNY art students and deserves to be shared with the public. We’re pleased that Museum visitors will have the opportunity to view these impressive artworks over the next several months.”

The SUNY student art shows were initiated in 2002 as a platform for the work of SUNY’s most talented student artists to be seen by a wider audience.  SUNY student art is also on display year-round at State University Plaza in Albany, SUNY Global Center in New York City, and Governor Cuomo’s Washington, DC office. 

Photos from the exhibition are available at:

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at

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