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Founded in 1970, Buffalo State’s Art Conservation Department is one of the leading programs of its kind in North America. Accepting only 10 students a year, the competitive three-year graduate program trains conservators of fine art and material cultural heritage. Graduates can be found in the conservation labs of major institutions across the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Buffalo State is the largest four-year college of arts and sciences in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the University of the State of New York Board of Regents. Its graduate programs are registered and certified by the New York State Education Department. The college is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States. All visual arts programs, including the Art Conservation Department, are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

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History

The Art Conservation Department at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, also known as SUNY Buffalo State, opened in 1970 as the Cooperstown Graduate Program in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, affiliated with the State University of New York College at Oneonta and with the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown. Since its founding, the department has offered a master of arts degree and certificate of advanced study in art conservation following a three-year program of study. In 1983, the program administratively transferred to Buffalo State College and relocated to the campus in 1987. The department today occupies a superb modern facility in Rockwell Hall, expressly designed to support conservation teaching and research.

Founded in 1871, Buffalo State College has grown into the largest four-year college of arts and sciences in the State University of New York system. Over the past several decades the college has expanded to include a broad spectrum of programs in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, technology, and education. Today, Buffalo State offers more than 160 undergraduate programs and graduate degrees in over sixty disciplines. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the University of the State of New York Board of Regents. Its graduate programs are registered and certified by the New York State Education Department. The college is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and all Visual Arts programs, including the Art Conservation Department, are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

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Art Conservation

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 230 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5025 •  Fax: (716) 878-5039   artcon@buffalostate.edu