Thanks for checking out this post on all things art in Syracuse. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered in depth for you.
We might as well kick it all off with the best Syracuse Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer. Following that we will tell you about the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you need. Shows and events held throughout the year will need their own section also.
Some may prefer to take an art walking tour or check out some of the most creative statues and sculptures around town on a sunny day. Syracuse art classes and lessons will get a shout out and there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available.
If you want to skip the lessons we will mention where to find art studios for rent near you. Framing shops, dealers, and appraisers will also be discussed as the post progresses.
You can check out more of our posts about art around the Northeast at that link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Syracuse
Many would consider the best art galleries and museums in Syracuse to be:
- Everson Museum at 401 Harrison St
- Syracuse University Art Museum at 900 S Crouse Ave
- Art Rage Gallery at 505 Hawley Ave
- Point of Contact Gallery at 350 W Fayette St
- Light Work at 316 Waverly Ave
- Gallery Aspostrophes at 1100 Oak St
- Wilson Art Gallery at 1419 Salt Springs Rd
- Palitz Gallery at 11 East 61st St
- Community Folk Art Center at 805 E Genesee St
- Edgewood Gallery at 216 Tecumseh Rd
You will find around 11,000 works of art from all kinds of media at The Everson which includes one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the country. They also provide classes for all ages, have a free open figure drawing program at night, host the Festival of Trees each December.
The diverse collection The Syracuse University Art Museum is home to over 45,000 unique pieces. The museum is free to the public and they use their collection as a museum-laboratory for exploration, experimentation, and discussion.
Every day of the week you can take a free tour of The ArtRage. They accept submissions from artists ranging from local to international, and their gift shop has over 100 posts from Syracuse Cultural Workers, the Justseeds Artist Cooperative and the Syracuse Poster project.
The Community Folk Art Center is an artistic hub that is committed to the promotion and development of African Diaspora artists. They put on many exhibitions, gallery talks, workshops, film screenings and more.
Plus they have courses for a variety of art studies including ceramics and dance. They host the annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition every June and also throw their signature Rhythm and Wine event.
Since 1989 the Edgewood Gallery has been a great place for custom framing and art installation, plus you can see the cool collection in their gallery.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores to buy art supplies and materials like:
- The Art Store at 935 Erie Blvd
- Clayscapes Pottery at 1003 W Fayette St
- Michaels at 3471 Erie Blvd E
- Dollar Tree at 15 Shop City Plaza
The ceramics community can get quality products at fair prices at Clayscapes Pottery. They have different types of ceramics classes day or night for all ages and skill levels plus they have private classes on weekends early in the evening.
Dollar Tree is a good place to buy cheap art supplies near you, while Michaels is an arts and crafts store chain that can do custom framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the best annual art shows and events in your area would be:
- Festival of Trees in December
- Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition in June
- Art on the Porches in September
- Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival in July
- Clayscapes’s Raku Day in November
We briefly mentioned it before but every December The Emerson hosts the Festival of Trees. The museum will be filled with celebrated artwork, holiday displays, live music, dancing, and all kinds of family fun.
We also gave a quick shout out to the Folk Art Center’s Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition each June. This exhibition is free to the public and provides a way for local high school students to demonstrate their skills.
The Strathmore Neighborhood is where you can find Art on the Porches each September. There will be indie bands playing live music, painters, potters, sculptors and more showing off their latest works.
Each July the three day Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival takes place downtown. Generally there are over 150 artists from around the continent showing off their newest pieces to over 50,000 people that attend.
Expect to see live music, multicultural performances, participatory activities, and a whole lot of cool arts and crafts. Every Saturday before Thanksgiving head to Clayscapes Pottery for Raku Day.
The kiln starts firing up at 9am and goes until 2pm. You can buy a pot, glaze it, and experience the firing process yourself. You don’t need to be experienced in this as they have volunteers there to help you out from start to finish.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to add a new piece to your collection or to find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers like:
Dalton’s is an American Decorative Arts and Antiques has been a trusted buyer and seller for over 30 years. A lot of their pieces are concentrated on the American Arts & Crafts Movement which happened around the turn of the 20th Century.
You will find pottery, metalwork, and original condition furniture plus they do assessments and valuations of artwork. The oldest antique mall in Central New York is The Syracuse Antiques Exchange.
They will have everything from lighting to furniture, trinkets, estate jewelry, and other decorative arts that have been curated by more than fifty dealers, plus they have a 3 day return policy.
We don’t know of any daily art walks near you, however some of the festivals we mentioned before would be great for this. Namely the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival each July and Art on the Porches event that goes down each September in the Strathmore Neighborhood.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures around town like:
- Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Clinton Square
- The Struggle of Elemental Man at the SU Campus
- Young Abe Lincoln on Horseback at the SU Campus
- Jerry Rescue Monument at Clinton Square
Clinton Square is the home of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument which was created back in 1910 by sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin and architect Clarence H. Blackall. Head to the campus and the College of Law to find The Struggle of Elemental Man which was made by Malvina Hoffman in 1936.
Another cool thing to check out on campus is Young Abe Lincoln on Horseback which you can find at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry where it has been since the mid 70’s. And Clinton Square is also home to the Jerry Rescue Monument.
Syracuse Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Syracuse art schools and classes can be found at:
- Redhouse Arts Center at 400 S Salina St
- College of Visual & Performing Arts at 100 Crouse Dr
- The Painting Poet at 721 Orwood Pl
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University might be a bit out of reach for most of us, but we had to mention it. Redhouse has in house youth learning experiences plus Spring Break and Summer Camps.
Kids can enjoy paint parties at The Painting Poet while adults can try their paint and sip parties. They even have an open mic poetry night. The Everson Museum, Light Work, and Community Folk Art Center from the galleries list and Clayscapes Pottery from the supplies list also offer classes and workshops.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you need to rent an art studio try out:
The Everson Museum and Redhouse Arts Center also have studios for rent.
When you need art framing in Syracuse head to:
- Business Art & Framing at 3513 James St
- Studio 15 at 935 Erie Blvd E
- Media Finishings at 1001 W Fayette St
- Industrial Color Labs at 700 Burnet Ave
You can get custom framing, frame and mat consultation, mounting, and much more at Business Art & Framing. They even display works from local artists in their shop.
Studio 15 provides printing, custom framing, photo restorations, color corrections, and sells works by local artists. Since 1966 Industrial Color Labs has been doing their thing in your area. From custom framing to photo restoration to video or graphic services they can help you out. Michaels from the previous art supplies list and Edgewood Gallery from our main list also do custom framing.
We have also discussed:
- The Best Art Museums In New York City
- The Best Art Museums In Rochester
- The Best Art Museums In Buffalo
- The Best Art Museums In Toronto
Have Fun Enjoying The Syracuse Art Scene
At this point we don’t really have more to offer on the art scene near you. We discussed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you are a pretty big art lover. You can let us know about any of your own local tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Syracuse!