With a Painting emphasis in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, you’ll build strong painting skills with hands-on studio time. You will also develop problem-solving and decision-making skills for all artistic disciplines in a classroom setting.

This is an intense and immersive studio experience, coupled with inspiration from world-class art museums in the city and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists and critics.

The structure of our curriculum allows you to focus on painting while also exploring and collaborating across other fine arts disciplines. You'll expand your cultural and intellectual understanding of the world, and prepare to navigate the complexities of being an artist in today's world.

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Sarena Johnson '18
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Sarena Johnson '18
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HanBit Kang '18
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Won Seok Chang '18
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Won Seok Chang '18
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Sebastian Powley '18
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Sabrina Martin '18
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Collin Scott '16
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Yeeun Kang '17
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Sarena Johnson

'19

Painting
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Rush Jackson

'19

Painting
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Jessica Dowicz

'19

Painting

In the Fine Arts major, you’ll study with professional working artists who exhibit nationally and internationally.

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Charles Browning
Charles Browning

Painting
Realist paintings depict scenes from the past that explain something important about who we are now
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Rebecca Sack

Painting
Painter of vibrant, large-scale still lifes

About the Curriculum

The curriculum of the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting is based on a framework of research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice. Personal vision and artistic innovation anchor the development of work for significant cultural contributions and dialogue, gallery and museum exhibitions, and creating work for diverse communities and public spaces. To that end, you will be given assignments designed to develop conceptual skills and become proficient in the necessary processes and techniques appropriate to your artistic vision and intention.

Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting will

  • demonstrate independent, creative problem-solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art-making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.
  • demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.
  • acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
  • effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
  • demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

First Year
Drawing: Objects + Space
Drawing: Natural Forms + The Human Figure
Image/Time
Color
Object/Environment
Body as Form

Second Year
Sophomore Projects
Expanded Materials
Painting Materials and Processes
Drawing into Painting
Electronic Media/Production

Third Year
Concepts in Painting 
Painting Strategies
Junior Projects/Discourse
Contemporary Issues 
 

Fourth Year
Advanced Studio Practice
Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
The Artist’s Manifesto
Professional Practices
Fine Arts Thesis Studio

UArts Painting + Drawing alumni are carving out successful and fulfilling careers in their specific disciplines and across many creative fields.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase

BFA '13

Painting
Exhibitions include Green Hall Gallery at Yale University, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles
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Samantha Morris

BFA '17

Painting
Residencies in Norway & Iceland, work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine
Justin Rubich
Justin Rubich

BFA '10

Painting
Artist, and Media Relations Coordinator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Heet Lee

BFA '16

Painting
Solo exhibition at Museum der bildenden Kunst in Leipzig, Germany
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Dan Walsh

BFA '83

Painting
Internationally recognized painter featured in the prestigious Whitney Biennial.

Each academic year, the Fine Arts program hosts accomplished, dynamic artists who inspire the UArts community. 

Spring 2019

Feb. 28, 2019: Catherine Bebout
Connelly Auditorium, 1 p.m.

March 7, 2019: Mary Mattingly
Connelly Auditorium, 1 p.m.

March 21, 2019:  Carrie Moyer
Connelly Auditorium, 1 p.m.

April 11, 2019: Mark Campbell
Connelly Auditorium, 1 p.m.

Learn more about this semester’s visiting artists. 

View a list of past Fine Arts visiting artists. 


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