A+D Student Handbook



Dormitories are wired for network access and computers are available in multiple labs within the department and on campus. All students MUST activate their Purchase College e-mail accounts. E-mail is the College’s method of communication, and college information WILL NOT be sent to personal accounts such as AOL, earthlink, yahoo, hotmail, etc. The School of Art+Design office will use your Purchase e-mail address for personal contact during the academic semester. Be sure to check your Purchase College e-mail account on a regular basis. As mentioned earlier in this handbook, the A+D Office maintains bulletin boards outside its doors at the north end of the building, second floor, with information about BFA and MFA activities and requirements; and opportunities for awards, grants, ex-hibitions, competitions, summer studies, foreign studies, undergradu¬ate programs, and graduate programs. Check the boards regularly to stay informed.

Each resident student is also assigned an on-campus mailbox, located in the Mail Room, which should be checked routinely. All non electronic correspondence for members of the A+D faculty and staff may be brought to the A+D Office, whence it will be placed in the appropriate “box” in the Faculty Mailroom. Materials for faculty and staff members outside Art+Design may be similarly delivered to the appropriate divisional office. Wall phones for dialing on-campus numbers are found next to the freight elevators on the first and second floors.

Off Campus

the museums, galleries, and performances of new york city are the resource of resources for all visual artists. Students are urged to make frequent visits to these venues as a regular part of their college experience.

Listings for current museum and gallery exhibitions can be found in the Arts & Leisure section of the Sunday New York Times; The New Yorker; New York Magazine; and Time Out New York; all of which publications are available at the Purchase College Library. Also, most museums maintain web sites on the Internet. Galleries are free and are generally open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

New York City can be reached from campus by a combination of bus and train. Check the Purchase College Transportation Page online for the most up to date schedules and for information about alternative modes of transportation such as Zipcar, and the ride share site, Going Spaces.

Purchase College also operates a free shuttle bus service called the Purchase Loop, which regularly travels to train stations and shopping centers in White Plains, Port Chester, and Rye. This system is paid for through your Mandatory Fees and is FREE to ride for Purchase students. Be sure to find the current schedule on the Purchase Col¬lege Transportation Page.

Popular Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

5th Ave. (at 82nd Street)
212 535 7710
Pay what you wish (suggested donation $10)
Monday Closed
Tue - Thur 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday - Sat 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

11 West 53rd St. (btwn 5th & 6th Avenues)
Free to full-time SUNY students with ID
Wed - Mon 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday Closed
Friday 10:30 AM -8:00 PM
New Museum

235 Bowery St. (btwn Stanton and Rivington)
$8 for students with valid ID
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thurs & Fri 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat & Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mon & Tues Closed
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
$15 for students with valid ID
Sat - Wed 10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday* 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
*5:45 PM - 7:45 PM pay as you wish
Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Ave (at 75th Street)
212 570 3676
$10 for students with valid ID
Mon - Tues Closed
Wed - Thur 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday* 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
*6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: pay what you wish 

On Campus

The David Schwarz Projects (DSP)

A series of exhibitions presented by the School of Art+Design, brings work by innovative contempo¬rary artists to the campus and regional communities. The series offers the members of the community the opportunity to engage with relevant ideas, issues, and practices evolving in current art discourses. The David Schwarz Projects are made possible by generous support from David and Jeanne Schwarz.

Visual Arts Lecture Series

Each year a lecture series is presented in the Visual Arts Building. Visiting artists share their perspectives on their own work, current is¬sues facing the professional artist and designer, and the art-making process. All A+D students are expected to attend each lecture. The schedule for lectures is announced at the beginning of each semester and can be found online through the school of art and design website.

Neuberger Museum of Art

Adjacent to the Visual Arts Building, the Neuberger Museum of Art is the eighth largest art collection on a state university campus in the United States. The permanent collection includes significant works of modern art and African art, changing exhibitions focus on cutting edge artists and the investigation of contemporary issues. This rich resource enhances research and course assignments and provides opportunities for internships. 

Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center is a five-theater complex considered the finest of its kind on the East Coast. Music, dance, and theater offer¬ings comprise more than 100 professional and student performances each year, and Purchase students often receive special ticket prices.

Art Club

Art Club is a student organization funded by the student activities fee. It serves as a volunteer group for students, providing an opportunity to investigate and discuss contemporary art issues outside of the classroom environment. Art Club funded and managed activities in¬clude, but are not limited to, student shows, field trips, figure drawing classes, drawing marathons, and interdisciplinary collaborations. All students are encouraged to participate in both the management of the organization and the activities it runs. Please contact the PSGA if you are interested in continuing the tradition of the Art Club!


The Purchase Student Government Association, or PSGA, is the voice of Purchase students in many matters of interest and importance to the student body.. Student Senators are elected every fall semester to represent each academic school, on campus living areas and com¬muting students. Senate meetings are open to all members of the Purchase community.
As well as working closely with the College’s administration to ensure that every student’s needs are met on issues ranging from housing and parking to dining and athletics, the PSGA’s Finance Committee allocates the Mandatory Student Activity Fee (MSAF) and operates a number of clubs, organizations, and services for students, such as the Student Center, PTV, the Independent, Cheese Club, WPSR, GLBTU, and more! The MSAF also pays for the General Programming Com¬mittee (think Zombie Prom, Battle of the Bands, or any number of shows at the Student Center) and the Major Programming Committee (responsible for Fall Fest and Culture Shock). For a complete list of all things sponsored by the PSGA, visit the PSGA online, visit the PSGA office in Campus Center North, room 1012, or call 914-251-6980.

Useful Supplies and Services

A.I. Friedman
Art Supply
431 Boston Post Road
Port Chester, NY 10573
Condon Lumber
248 Ferris Avenue
White Plains, NY 10603
Feinsod Hardware
43 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Glassworks of Harrison
215 Harrison Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
505 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
Handy Rent-All Center
11 Washington Place
North White Plains, NY 10603
The Home Depot
150 Midland Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573
M & P Auto Repair
115 North Pearl Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Medallion Auto Center
315 Boston Post Road
(near McDonald’s)
Port Chester, NY 10573
Pearl Paint Co.
308 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
Rosenzweig Lumber
801 E.135th Street
Bronx, NY
Galleria Mall, White Plains
[tools, misc]
Silver Lake Hardware
73 Lake Street East
West Harrison, NY 10604
515 Boston Post Road
Port Chester, NY 10573
Swackhammer CG Inc.
139 Westmoreland Road
White Plains, NY
[building materials]
60 Taff Avenue (corner of Sunnyside)
Stamford, CT 06902
[misc. metal]
William Paul Assoc.
27 Holland Avenue
White Plains, NY 10603
[stat paper/lith. film]

digital/computer supplies

Apple Store
125 Westchester Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601
GovConnection, Inc.
Rob Mitchell, Sales Rep
800.800.0019 x33192

printmaking/bookmaking supplies

C G Metals
Nyack, NY 10960
[etching tools]
Standard Screen Supply
121 Varick Street
New York, NY
[silk screen supplies]
20 West 20th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
[bookbinding supplies]

electronic, photo, & video supplies

Adorama Camera
Ray Garcia, Prof. Sales Rep.
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.645.5754 x3
Alkit Pro Camera
222 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10003
B&H Photo-Video
Educational Sales Division
420 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Calumet Photographic
22 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Lens and Repro
33 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Nippon Photo Clinic
920 Broadway
New York, NY 10010
[camera repair]
Radio Shack
81 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Radio Shack
152 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Galleria Mall
100 Main St
White Plains, NY
Inclusion of off campus groups, businesses, advertisers or agencies in this handbook is for informational purposes only and cannot be interpreted as an endorsement by Purchase College, the State University of New York, or the State of New York.