California State University, Fullerton

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We encourage you to visit the University Academic Catalog to become more familiar with the curriculum.

Area Statement

The Drawing & Painting area of concentration prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly visual world. Painters creatively pose and solve visual problems through complex image making.

Our students learn both the conceptual and formal approaches to painting, from representation to abstraction to experimental practices. Students study pictorial space, color mixing, life studies, and painterly applications. Our students frequently travel on fieldtrips to museums, galleries and alternative spaces in Los Angeles and Orange County.

At the core of instruction are individual and group critiques conducted by faculty and visiting artists. The Drawing & Painting faculty are dedicated educators, accomplished artists and respected scholars. Our faculty are known for being actively engaged in helping each student develop her or his ideas, technical skills, confidence and professional knowledge.

Drawing & Painting facilities include 24-hour studios, well-ventilated classrooms, and undergraduate and graduate exhibition galleries. Plus students have access to video, photography, motion graphics, glass, ceramic, metal, and sculpture labs. Graduate studios, living spaces and galleries are part of our graduate facility at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, CA.

Our students are a diverse group of artists who are excelling at visualizing their distinctive experiences, cultures and voices. Students develop habits and problem solving skills that will inform a lifetime of creative endeavors. Our students become active participants in painting’s uniquely vital, and continually strong, presence in the contemporary art world.


Don Lagerberg, Emeritus Professor, Drawing
Kyung Sun Cho, Professor and Program Coordinator
Joe Forkan, Professor
Jade Jewett, Professor

Drawing and Painting Alumni

Eric Beltz
Carole Caroompas
Eric Chauvin
Michelle Fierro
Tim Forcum
Ken Harsha
Maneli Jodat
Julie Kirk
Mark Kostabi
Tommii Lim
Jason Maloney
Robbie Miller
Ann Phong
Daniel Du Plessis
Sharon Ryan
Betty Shelton
Nina Stanley
Justin Sweet
Wataru Todoroki
Fred Tomaselli
Hoang Vu

Recent visiting artists in painting

Lisa Adams, Sandow Birk, Rebecca Campbell, Scott Canty, Merion Estes, Ruby Osorio, Pippilotti Rist, Rachel Rosenthal, Peter Sheldon, Miriam Shapiro, Tyler Stallings, and Patty Wickman.