The program in Painting provides a diversified background in visual organization, critical thinking, hand skills in a variety of media, art history and contemporary art criticism, and practical experience in the business of art. The program emphasizes a rigorous foundation in painting technologies combined with the encouragement to develop an individual means of expression. Field trips to museums and galleries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as a strong visiting artist program to reinforce the learning experience and provide students with the opportunity to investigate a wide range of art that may be similar to, compatible with, or in contrast to their own ideas.
Our painting graduates have gone on to top tier graduate programs and professional careers in art practice, all level art teaching, art administration as well as careers in museums, galleries and alternative spaces around the country and internationally. Some of our painting students have been awarded full scholarships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a very competitive art residency program located in Maine.
Our painting program was represented recently in three consecutive Whitney Biennial Exhibitions. The Whitney Biennial is recognized by art professionals around the world as a benchmark of contemporary art making. Our students have achieved gallery representation at important, significant galleries in Texas, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and internationally.
The Painting studio is spacious and well-lighted, with areas for critiques, instruction and exhibitions. It includes professional easels and tabourets, large work tables, airbrush stations, supply lockers and storage racks. To assist students building stretcher frames, the Department of Art offers a monitored wood shop. The wood shop is equipped with professional equipment including a table saw, power mitre saw, drill press, and most any other equipment one might need in an art making process.
Painting Area concentration (45 sh)
Painting Courses (12):
- ART 320 - Airbrush Painting Hours: 3
- ART 326 - Painting II (3) Introduction to Basic Concept in Painting Hours: 3
- ART 420 - Painting III- Intermediate Concepts in Painting Hours:3
- ART 422 - Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting Hours: 3
Required Support Courses (24)
- ART 316 - Advanced Drawing Hours: 3
- ART 380 - Experimental Concepts Hours: 3
- ART 403 - Practicum in Art Hours: 3
- ART 404 - Contemporary Issues Hours: 3
- ART 405 - History of Modern Art Hours: 3
9 semester hours from:
- ART 330 - Printmaking Hours: 3
- ART 331 - Screenprinting Hours: 3
- ART 440 - Sculpture II A Hours: 3
- ART 441 - Sculpture II B Hours: 3
- ART 340 - Sculpture I A: Introduction to Fabric, Video, Performance and Public Art Hours: 3
- ART 341 - Sculpture I B: Introduction to Metals and Mechanical Systems Hours: 3
- or ART 440 Sculpture IV
- ART 350 - Ceramics I Hours: 3
- ART 450 - Ceramics II Hours: 3
- ART 451 - Ceramics III Hours: 3
- or 9 sh from any upper division PHO
Total Semester Hours: 125