Visual Arts

University Hill is home to outstanding museums and art galleries. These venues frequently host outstanding local, regional, national and international exhibitions, performers and speakers.

SUArt Galleries

The SUArt Galleries is Syracuse University’s campus venue for the visual arts. Located in Sims Hall, the facility hosts a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the year in its nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. The department’s mission is to enhance the cultural environment of the University and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the University’s permanent collection and traveling exhibitions.

The Syracuse University Art Collections are now comprised of nearly 45,000 objects, housed in a temperature and humidity controlled area of Sims Hall. It serves as a repository for the art collections of the University; the care, maintenance, documentation, and interpretation of the works are its primary concern.

Gallery Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.—8 p.m.

The SUArt Galleries will be closed during University holidays, “green” days and during the re-installation of exhibitions. Please call the gallery for details (315) 443-4097.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Syracuse Univeristy’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) showcases exhibits for the School of Art and Design, and serves the students, faculty, and staff of Syracuse University, as well as the members of the Syracuse community. Students have the opportunity to curate exhibits and maintain an active role in running exhibitions. The VPA also hosts visiting artists and speakers throughout the year.  For a VPA Calendar of Events, click here.

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art CenterThe Community Folk Art Center specializes in exhibiting and promoting works by African American artists and artists from under-represented ethnic groups in Central New York. Founded in 1972, the CFAC moved to its current location at 2223 East Genesee Street in 2006. The CFAC is a program of the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University. The center houses the Herbert T. Williams Art Gallery (formerly known as the Community Folk Art Gallery), as well as facilities for workshops and forums. In addition to offering thought-provoking exhibitions, the CFAC also offers many educational programs, including visual arts workshops for children of all ages.

Business Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Light Work & Community Darkroom

Light Work is an artist-run, non-profit photography and digital media center supporting artists since 1973.  Within the facility at 316 Waverly Avenue, is the Community Darkroom, a state-of-the-art, affordable public access photography and digital imaging facility.

Additional Resources

Th3 is a free, citywide arts open in Syracuse that takes place on the third Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The project joins the most distinctive venues in the city, including those on University Hill, in a common event to bring the artistic experience to the public, providing them an opportunity to visit participating visual arts or cultural venues. Learn more at

Syracuse Arts Net, provides a directory and events listing of various art facilities across University Hill, Syracuse, and Cental New York at