Challenge the notion of painting through experimentation & critical dialogue.
Who We Are
Painting is a historic art field, yet with a strong presence in our contemporary culture. In our program, we study and challenge painting’s traditions and conventions to understand its historical value along with its relevance and potential in the context of contemporary cultural dialogues and dynamics. As a student in the Painting concentration, you will be given opportunities to explore, develop, and gain personal understanding of the visual language and technical aspects of the painting medium. You will engage with painting’s long history, versatility, and physicality through exposure to art history and contemporary artmaking practices.
You will be encouraged to challenge the notion of what painting is by experimentation with materials, tools, and surfaces. You will also explore conceptual thinking to develop a unique voice by opening yourself to dialog with new technologies, interdisciplinary practices, and current issues and concerns related to environmental, social, and economic challenges of contemporary life.
Career & Job Outcomes
- Practicing artist
- Art educator
- Art-based business owner
- Non-profit organizer
- Art institution and organization staff
- Corporate art consultant
In addition to intimate class sizes and ample class time to paint, our students enjoy trips to Front Range museums, galleries, and artists’ studios to gain an understanding of professional art practices and to engage with the local and regional art community. The department hosts a robust visiting artist and guest critic program allowing our students to hear from a variety of experts in the field.
The painting area is comprised of two large studio rooms along with a critique space & storage area. Each studio room is equipped with ample track lighting & controllable natural light for painting from observation. The spaces are well ventilated & large, with enough easels & palette tables to accommodate the larger courses in the program. The advanced painting room is divided into individual studio spaces. Seniors can stay in an assigned space for the semester or year. These spaces are equipped with lockable taborets & any equipment necessary for the students to accomplish their goals.
In addition to the painting area, you will have access to much of the department's state-of-the-art facilities, including several exhibition galleries, a digital fabrication lab, & computer labs. Additional resources can be found in the Richardson Design Center, the Morgan Library, the College of Liberal Arts, & other spaces on campus
With diverse backgrounds, our painting faculty will help you marry your love for the medium with technical skill sets and conceptual prowess.
- Assistant Professor of Painting
- Graduate Advisor for Painting