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BFA DRAWING & PAINTING
The Drawing and 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 and 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 and 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
Jade Jewett, Professor
Drawing and Painting Alumni
Daniel Du Plessis
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.
We encourage you to visit The University Academic Catalog to become more familiar with the Art Education curriculum as well as the News section for art department news.