The Syracuse University Art Museum fulfills the University’s educational mission by promoting original research, creative thinking, and increased mindfulness within the University community and beyond. As a teaching museum, it acquires and preserves works of art and uses its extensive collection to serve as a museum-laboratory for research, exploration and discussion. It aims to foster diverse and inclusive perspectives by convening students and the local and global communities.
Started in 1873 under the direction of George Fisk Comfort, who famously co-founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum’s permanent collection encompasses the global history of art. Numbering 45,000 objects, which are searchable on the Museum’s website (museum.syr.edu), the collection is among the top ten largest academic art museum holdings in the United States. It surveys the international history of printmaking and has extensive holdings in photography and social cartooning, as well as strong collections in 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European painting and sculpture. The collection has many other areas of strength including Korean, Japanese, pre-Columbian and modern Peruvian ceram...ics, Indian, West African and Oceanic art. In addition to its flagship location on the Syracuse University campus, the Museum runs the satellite Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, located at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in New York City.