Mission and Vision Statement


The Syracuse University Art Museum (formally the Syracuse University Art Galleries) is the university’s fine arts museum, offering the Syracuse University community and general public a dynamic schedule of engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions, all of them enriched by public programs. With its emphasis on American art and interpretation, and a focus on exploring art in its historical, cultural, and social contexts, the Syracuse University Art Museum serves as a museum-laboratory for our students and university community.


Its vision is to provide meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the visual arts. The educational experiences will concentrate on exhibitions from the university’s encyclopedic permanent collection and temporary exhibitions from outside collections examining a broad spectrum of visual arts themes, subjects and time periods.