Then: The caption for this image from the 1958 Ontarian yearbook discussed the Student Art Exhibition Association's role in presenting shows throughout the year in the Hewitt Union main lounge. Since the institution's earliest years, when Herman Krusi was a popular and published teacher of drawing, art has infused Oswego's academic realm. Because Oswego was still a teachers' college in 1958, the emphasis of the program was more toward preparing art teachers than professional artists. The faculty that year included a young artist named Roy Lichtenstein, later to become world famous for his influential pop art. The establishment of a College of Arts and Sciences in the early 1960s and the construction and opening of Tyler Hall in the late 1960s expanded the spaces available for production and exhibition, as well as the academic mission of the program.
Now: Currently part of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, the art department offers bachelor's degrees in art and in graphic design and a master's in art and collaborates with the School of Education on the MAT in art education and a new undergraduate concentration. Students and faculty exhibit throughout the year in Tyler Art Gallery as well as new exhibition spaces at Oswego State Downtown and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. The 2011 Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition will open today (Friday, April 29) in Tyler Art Gallery and showcase the work of graduating students. An artists' reception, free and open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m. will allow everyone to speak to and congratulate the student artists presenting in a full range of media. Senior graphic design majors Holly DePue, left, and Nicholas Coughlin are shown installing pieces for the exhibition.