Drawing & Painting

Pursuing your passion in Drawing and Painting means investigating a wide range of issues and media rooted in contemporary and historical art practice. The program excels in supporting students as they expand their artistic capabilities by providing and cultivating an intellectual and creative environment for students to explore, experiment, and think critically.

Students are encouraged to work across a broad range of contemporary and traditional painting and drawing practices, concepts, aesthetic conventions, methods and technique. The breadth and depth of our program is built upon the diversity of expertise of our faculty and their shared commitment to excellence as working artists and thoughtful teachers.

Students in the Drawing and Painting program have generous access to accomplished creative professionals and visiting artists who provide excellent mentorship: encouraging an adventurous exploration of media, and modeling a dedication to their creative research, inter-disciplinary experimentation and professional practices. Outside of the classroom, students participate in the student organization, Painting and Drawing Association, which cultivates a vibrant cultural community by sponsoring visiting artist workshops, museum and gallery exhibitions and art related fieldtrips.

The Drawing and Painting minor is designed to encourage students from all areas of the university to pursue skills and personal expression. Students pursuing the BFA complete a final portfolio. The MFA program integrates creative research, contemporary theory, and practice culminating in a thesis exhibition.

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