The Painting and Drawing Department encourages students to develop personally significant ideas that reference painting’s rich history and contribute to its lively contemporary conversation. The faculty’s diverse points of view create a dynamic, rigorous environment, where students are encouraged to explore technical, aesthetic, and conceptual issues before focusing their work in preparation for their senior thesis presentations.
Drawing and Painting are closely linked visual practices, and an understanding of one enriches a maturing practice of the other. The department’s fluid definition of these disciplines underscores our understanding that the contemporary art world is widely interdisciplinary in nature. Students in both concentrations participate in curriculums designed to provide their emerging individual voices with the technical and conceptual grounding necessary for effective expression.