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The painting program is rooted in observation and technique, while stimulating abstract, conceptual or material-driven ideas about painting and contemporary art practices.
The foundational painting classes are based in observation, while also giving students experience with oil and acrylic paints. Technical proficiency serves as a gateway to more abstract, conceptual or material-driven ideas about painting.
For students who want to major in painting, the program curriculum supports a variety of specific approaches to painting — including collage, figural, landscape and abstraction — while simultaneously promoting an interdisciplinary or hybrid approach and emphasizing engagement with contemporary practices. Advanced painting students work in consultation with faculty advisors to pursue individual directions and interests.
The Bachelor of Arts program in Painting offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Painting is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study. Undergraduate admission does not require a portfolio submission, but all undergraduate Fine Art majors must pass a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year of study to continue in the program.
The School of Art offers both the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing/Painting. Working in close consultation with a major advisor, graduate students pursue a sequence of course work that encourages the development of an independent, critical approach to artistry in the discipline. Studio space on campus is available on a limited basis for full-time resident students.
Martin Ball and Gianna Commito are full-time faculty members in the painting program; Adjunct faculty members include Chuck Basham and Grace Summanen.