Foundations Drawing


The Foundations Program in the College of Visual Arts and Design provides the broad foundation to develop the practical skills and conceptual methodologies necessary to enter any of the Visual Arts majors within the college. The program promotes the understanding of historic and contemporary currents and their relationships.

The Foundations Program achieves the following outcomes:

  1. Materials and techniques;
  2. Visual aesthetics and organization;
  3. Creative processes;
  4. Visual literacy (development of vocabulary, critical analysis, articulation of process and product; content and context);
  5. Historic and contemporary visual cultures;
  6. Professional pathways.

Work completed by Foundations Drawing students demonstrates the rigorous critical inquiry, practical skill-building and visual exploration that are hallmarks of this well-established program.

Faculty, Students and Alumni

Faculty who teach in the Core Drawing Program are accomplished artists in their respective fields. They maintain active studio practices and exhibit their work nationally and internationally. Their efforts are supported by visiting artists, including the following:

Hollis Hammonds (St. Edward’s University)

Chuck & George

Eric Eley (University of Texas at Dallas)

Terri Thornton (Fort Worth Modern)

Laurie Hogin (Illinios)

Sedrick Huckaby (Texas)

Tommy Fitzpatric (Texas)

Enrique Chagoya (Berkeley, California)

Tracy Hicks, 2009 (Dallas, TX) 

Karen Kunc (Lincoln, Nebraska) 

Phyllis McGibbon (Wellesley, Massachusetts) 

Nancy Palmeri (Arlington, Texas)

Pam Nelson (Texas) 

Chuck Bennett (Architect) 

Rebecca Carter

Valerie Powell (Assistant Professor Sam Houston State University

Diane Hoffman (Painter and adjunct professor at Brown University)

Karen Carr (Master Botanical and Animal Illustrator)

Cindy Stillwell (Professor of Film, Montana State University)

James Sullivan (Professor of Sculpture, Southern Methodist University)

Sally Packard (Chair of Art, Texas Christian University)

Bonny Liebowitz (Encaustic Center)

Brandon Sanderson (Printmaker and Professor at University of North Carolina at Pembroke)

Steve van Ooyen (CEO, Track What Matters)

Tony Phillips (Painter, Professor Emeritus School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Judith Raphael (Painter, Chicago, Illinois)

Barbara Goldstein (Director of the Public Art Program, City of San Jose, California)

Howard Sherman (Painter, Houston, Texas)

Cris Worley (Gallerist, Dallas, Texas)

Mary Vernon (Professor of Art and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University)

Steve DeFrank (Professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York) 

John Hartley (Assistant Professor at UTA and Professor at TCC)

Tuba Koyman (adjunct professor at TCU and Board Member of Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

John Spriggins (Painting Professor at Tarrant County Community College NW)

Leslie Wilkes (painter and resident of Marfa, Texas)

Bruce Linn (curator University of Louisville Art Gallery)

Ignaz Gorischek (Vice President Store Development, Neiman Marcus)

Richard Ryder (Professor of Sculpture, Drawing , New Media, Richland College)

Frank Trankina (Associate Professor of Painting,  University of Northern Illinois) Fall

Glenn Downing (Painter, Professor at McLennan College, Waco, Texas)

Chuck Bennett (Architect and Concept Design Manager, YUM Restaurants International)

Pam Nelson  (Painter/ Public Art Project, North Park Shopping Center and appointed to Presidential Arts Committee, Washington D.C.)

Graduate students who assist these faculty are appointed through a selection process which includes an intensive seminar, innovative mentor program and ongoing performance reviews. Accomplishments of graduate students affiliated with the program include competitive grants from the Dallas Museum of Art, residencies at the University of Texas at Dallas Southside on Lamar, and Travel Grants from the Toulouse Graduate School (UNT). Alumni teach at College of the Redwoods (Eureka, CA), Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, CA), Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), Lonestar College (Houston, TX) and Mountain View College (Dallas, TX).

Undergraduate students in the Core Program have impressive accomplishments, including acceptance into the Annual Voertman Competition (UNT); and receipt of several awards such as the Hispanic and Global Studies Initiatives Fund Tuition Scholarship (UNT), Multicultural and Scholastic Award (UNT), International Education Scholarship (UNT) and Study Abroad Scholarship (Lorenzo de' Medici Art Institute of Florence).


A centralized lecture hall provides space for presentations, while a shared light well provides open space for critiques and informal discussion.

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