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Art History & Criticism


The Graduate Program in Art History & Criticism at Stony Brook University is uniquely focused on modern and contemporary art, as it is shaped by media, technology and material culture. At both the M.A. and Ph.D levels, we offer a dynamic, interdisciplinary and individually crafted curriculum. Our proximity to New York City’s world-renowned museums and galleries offers extensive opportunities for research, internships, and professional networking, and our satellite campus in Manhattan affords an ideal space for guest lectures, conferences, and evening image classes. Under the visionary leadership of Lawrence Alloway, the Program in Art History & Criticism was one of the first programs in the world to if provided support graduate level study of modern and contemporary art, and we pride ourselves on remaining open to the latest interdisciplinary methodologies.

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We are a small, selective, close-knit program whose comparative and interdisciplinary orientation is well served by the resources of a large research university. Students benefit from our longstanding association with Continental Philosophy and Aesthetics, as well as from affiliated faculty in Cultural Analysis and Theory, Music, and the Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology, among others. They are able to take courses at Columbia, NYU, CUNY and Princeton through the New York Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, and have ample opportunities for curatorial theory and practice in conjunction with the University’s regular exhibitions at the Zuccaire, Alloway, and Simons Center art galleries.


Director of Graduate Studies in  Art History & Criticism:  Zabet Patterson

Graduate Secretary:  Lisa Perez