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Department of Art


The Painting Concentration envisions painting as a fundamental form of visual and artistic expression. The principal component of the Painting concentration is the development of a visual philosophy based on an exploration of various forms of painting in the first years of the concentration. Students also consider the roles of technique, concept, and meaning in relation to expression from the foundation level onward. Critical dialogue and rigorous expectations about studio practice support work toward the development of an artistic vision in upper-level courses.

Graduate Studies

Students in the MFA concentration in Painting come from all over the U.S. and work in diverse manners from the nonobjective to the representational. Focus on painting in a research institution set in a welcoming college town. Private studio space is provided for Painting Graduate Students in Willard Hall. Students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of methods and to seek their own personal directions through invention, discussions, critiques and research. Awareness of contemporary studio practice and mastery of the tools necessary for critical analysis are emphasized, as students cultivate their own unique vision and expressive language. A final, solo thesis exhibition, along with a well-researched paper that supports the exhibited work, is the culmination of the program, providing the opportunity to present a robust and cohesive body of personal work. Mentoring in professional practice and the potential for graduate teaching assistantships further support development.


Facilities & Equipment

The Painting concentration has over 5,000 sq. ft. of dedicated studio space including studios for Water Media, Oil Painting, and 2500+ sq. ft. of senior studio space. Recent renovations have insured that all work spaces are adequately ventilated to ensure a safe and functional environment for our students.

Graduate Faculty

Kevin Bernstein
Associate Professor & Area Coordinator
Willard 119
Nancy Morrow
Associate Professor & MFA Program Director
Willard 311