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    The Brooklyn College Art Department.

    Committed to the study of art and art history in all its forms.

    Art happens here.

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    The Brooklyn College Art Department.

    Committed to the study of art and art history in all its forms.

    Art happens here.

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    The Brooklyn College Art Department.

    Committed to the study of art and art history in all its forms.

    Art happens here.


The department offers a variety of events, including workshops, museum and gallery tours, visiting artist lectures and exhibitions. Workshops can focus on career-launching skills and internships or how to photograph your portfolio. Undergraduate and Graduate exhibitions occur throughout the year as do lectures by artists, art historians, and museum professionals. CLICK HERE FOR MORE...




BA and BFA in Studio Art

Students come to Brooklyn College to pursue work in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, and Digital Art. The department offers a suite of studios and workrooms including state of the art digital labs, a pristine printmaking studio, analog and digital photography labs, and naturally lit painting studios. In sculpture, we house woodworking, metal, and ceramic facilities.
• At the BFA level, additional seminars prepare students for a culminating senior thesis exhibition.

Learn more about the BA program HERE
Learn more about the BFA program HERE

BA in Art History

In addition to cutting edge research in art history, our students also benefit from taking art studio classes in a variety of media.

• Concentration in Early Childhood Art Education [link without explanatory text]

• Concentration in Digital Art

• Minors are also available in both Art and Art History

Learn more about the BA in Art History Program HERE




MFA in Studio Art

At the graduate level, the department supports work in media including Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Video and Digital Art as well as cross disciplinary work. For graduate students, both group and private studios are available as well as access to all departmental facilities.

Learn more about the MFA in Studio Art Program HERE


PIMA program (Performance and Interactive Media Art)

PIMA is a collaborative MFA program offered as an interdepartmental degree. Courses from PIMA are available to the Art MFA students as electives.

Learn more about the PIMA Program HERE


MA in Art History

Study with internationally recognized art historians. Although the world is your oyster, we have particular strengths in Contemporary and Modern, Byzantine and Islamic, African, Ancient Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Baroque, and Architecture.

Learn more about the MA in Art History Program HERE


Advanced Certificate in Museum Educationinstagram-logo

The certificate in Museum Education trains Artists and Art Historians for careers in Museum Education. Students will learn various methods of teaching in museum environments, including the production of curricular materials. Tools used by museum educators, including new technologies, will be explored. Students will gain real-world experience and contacts to aid in future job placement. It is not only open to students who wish to earn the certificate on its own, but also to those in the M.A. Art History or MFA Art Studio programs and can be completed alongside those degrees. For more information, visit the Program Blog

Check out some of the alumni of our Museum Ed Program.


Our distinguished faculty have published and exhibited widely, with several boasting international reputations. Current faculty include a Guggenheim Foundation award recipient, a Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellow, and a Getty Center Fellow, among many other honors. Following in a long line of well known figures of the art world, such as Ad Reinhardt, Philip Pearlstein, Elizabeth Murray and Matisse scholar Jack Flam, top artists and art historians are drawn to Brooklyn College for its easy access to New York’s museums and galleries and the lively arts scene, particularly in Brooklyn.

  • Derrick Adams

    Assistant Professor

    Derrick Adams is a Brooklyn–based, multidisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in
    deconstructivist philosophies, such as the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and
    surface, and the marriage of complex and improbable forms. Through these techniques, Adams
    examines the force of popular culture and the media on the perception and construction of
    Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is an alumni of
    the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.
    He is a recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, S.J.
    Weiler Award, and Agnes Martin Fellowship.  Adams’ work is in the permanent collections of Studio Museum in Harlem, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

  • Eto Otitigbe

    Assistant Professor

    Eto Otitigbe’s interdisciplinary practice investigates the intersections of race, power, and technology. With history as the foundation of his creative exploration, the artist sets alternative narratives into motion. Otitigbe has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial organized by the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill. He is a former artist-in-residence at The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS) and Stanford University (MS) and earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the TransArt Institute. Otitigbe, who is of Urhobo descent, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Jennifer Ball

    Associate Professor

    Jennifer L. Ball teaches Byzantine, medieval and Islamic art. She is currently writing a book: “Habit Forming.” She is the 2016 Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher. Her research interests include portraits, dress and textiles, especially her 2006 book Byzantine Dress (Palgrave). She is a lecturer at the MET and The Cloisters.

  • Janet Carlile


    Janet Carlile is a Colorado native who attended Cooper Union (B.F.A.) and Pratt Institute (M.F.A.) . Her imagery, depicted in paintings, prints, and drawings, is derived from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Carlile’s sensual depictions of spiritual discovery in the landscape of the American West exude metaphysical power and poetic expression.

  • Georgeen Comerford

    Associate Professor

    Georgeen Comerford received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, where she studied photography under Walter Rosenblum and Diane Arbus. She is a documentary photographer who has photographed such diverse themes as the Women’s Movement, Coney Island, the South Bronx and urban landscapes. In addition, she has a strong interest in alternative photographic processes. Comerford’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Milwaukee Center for Photography and the Queens Museum. Her work is in the Library of Congress collection. For her contribution to women’s studies, she received the Melani Grant from the Woman’s Research and Development Fund of C.U.N.Y.

  • Edward Coppola

    CLT for Photography

    Edward Coppola (1998 Brooklyn College MFA) is Chief College Laboratory Technician and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Photography. He regularly exhibits his photographs of NYC’s outer-borough domestic architecture. Venues have included Wagner College, BRIC House Gallery, Alice Austen House, and Photoville. A NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs/Staten Island Arts Premier Grant and two PSC-CUNY Research Awards led to his 2017 book “IN-ISLAND: Staten Island Photographs,” where Paul Moakley writes that Coppola’s “quiet photographs of the facades of houses and buildings, always devoid of people, express so much about the lives and values of the unseen occupants.”

  • Patricia Cronin


    Patricia Cronin is a multi-disciplinary artist who subverts historical images and traditional artists’ materials by injecting her contemporary political content addressing feminism, sexuality and economic & social justice. She sometimes writes books, and works in photography, watercolor, oil painting, installation, monumental bronze and marble sculpture and public art focusing on the personal and international rights of women. Cronin is an awardee of the Rome prize and Pollock-Krasner award, and exhibited Shrine for Girls at Venice Biennale and The Flag Foundation, New York City. Her work is included in Marilyn Stokstad’s Art History, author of Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found, A Catalogue Raisonne. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College.

  • Mona Hadler

    Professor and Department Chairperson

    Mona Hadler writes on postwar art and visual culture including essays on artists Lee Bontecou, William Baziotes and David Hare and articles on jazz in the visual arts, Pontiac hood ornaments and demolition derbies. The latter inspired her 2017 book, Destruction Rites: Ephemerality and Demolition in Postwar Visual Culture. Her new co-edited anthology, Pop Art and Beyond: Gender, Race and Class in the Global Sixties, will be published in 2020.

  • Steve Keltner

    CLT for Sculpture

    Stephen Keltner works primarily in metal. A MFA graduate from Pratt Art Institute, he not only is familiar with all sculpting mediums, but also has worked in New York for Styria Studios as a printmaker and The Prop Shop creating commercial models. A past President of the Sculptors Guild and recipient of NY and Virginia Artist in Residence Grants, Steve currently has exhibited both nationally and abroad. Steve has taught Metal Sculpture at Brooklyn College since 1993.


  • Ronaldo Kiel


    Ronaldo Kiel’s media art work has been recognized worldwide, including at the Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the International Media Art Biennale (Poland). In collaboration with choreographer Anita Cheng, Kiel was an artist-in-residence at Dance Theater Workshop Media Lab, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy and the Ammerman Center at Connecticut College. Their collaborative work received commissions from Mulberry Street Theater, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Symposium on Art and Technology at Connecticut College. Kiel received his B.A. from the Art Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.

  • Rachel Kousser


    Rachel Kousser is a specialist in ancient art. Her doctorate is in the field of Greek and Roman art history.

  • Stephen Margolies

    Visual Resources Curator

    Stephen Margolies has a background in literature as well as art and performs many administrative functions in the Art Department. He is the director of the department’s art library and, before the digital age, was the curator of its extensive slide collections.

  • Jennifer McCoy


    Jennifer McCoy’s multimedia artworks examine the genre and conventions of filmmaking, memory and language. She works in collaboration with Kevin McCoy and they are known for creating video installations and sculpture. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the 21C Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art. They received a Creative Capital award in 2003, a Wired Rave Award in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and a Headlands Alumni Award in 2014. McCoy studied film at Cornell University (B.A.) and Electronic Art at Rennselaer (M.F.A.)

  • Mitch Patrick

    CLT for Digital Art

    Mitch Patrick is a visual artist currently working out of Brooklyn, NY. His studio practice involves using video, 3d modeling & animation, drawing, and 3d printing to investigate the pixels of digital images. Mitch’s work also explores the perpetuating (fuzzy) edge between screen and tangible reality often insinuated by technical images. Mitch is a 2013 Brooklyn College MFA graduate and has exhibited both nationally and abroad.

  • Archie Rand

    Presidential Professor

    A painter and muralist, Archie Rand is a Guggenheim foundation fellow and is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Rand is a laureate of the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, received the Tow Award for Excellence in Teaching, and authored The 613 illustrating Old Testament laws and commandments. He received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute.

  • Chris Richards

    Assistant Professor, Art

    Dr. Christopher Richards completed his Ph.D. in African art at the University of Florida in 2014. Richards has held research positions and internships at a variety of museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Museum of African Art.

  • Douglas Schwab

    Assistant Professor

    Doug Schwab is an artist and photographer. His subject matter is mainly portraiture and the figure using such processes as platinum and gum printing. His process driven photography harmonizes with the contents of his images. Schwab studied with renowned photographers George Tice and Lisette Modell. Schwab taught photography at New York City’s famed Germain School of Photography, and later became a well-known black and white printer for Photographic Unlimited in the heart of New York’s Photo District. He holds a BFA and MFA from Brooklyn College.

  • Malka Simon


    Malka Simon teaches courses on architectural history and urban design. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century architecture and urban development of the United States, with a particular focus on New York City. Her most recent publication addresses the role of industrial architecture in shaping urban landscapes in Brooklyn.


Graduates of the Art department are found throughout the New York art world and beyond. These are just a few stories from our Alumni.


Follow the links here to apply to any of our Masters programs in Art History or Fine Art, including the PIMA program and Museum Education certificate.

Follow the links here to apply to any of our Masters programs in Art History or Fine Art, including the PIMA program and Museum Education certificate. Our Masters program in Art History, including the Museum Education certificate, has a rolling admission deadline.  Note that in addition to the Brooklyn College Graduate application, MFA and PIMA applicants must complete an additional process to submit a portfolio.  Undergrads can join our programs simply by declaring your major on line! The BFA program requires an additional portfolio review with the BFA coordinator.