Painting is continually evolving, producing an enormous variety of responses to philosophies and technological developments. This is true whether it was moving from the frescoed surface to wood panels and canvas, hand mixed paints stored in animal bladders to manufactured tubes or responding to photographic and digital media.
While painting continues upon its long-established tracks, current developments in the field utilize a variety of responses to content. Issues of presentation and representation are examined throughout progressive course work that leads students to greater autonomy. Diverse traditional techniques, conceptual motivations and performative strategies are investigated in each course encouraging students to discover in their own practice accompanied by historical, cultural, and social contexts.
From basic painting courses to independent studio research, painters develop private visions, imagine possibilities, work collaboratively, stage performances, hold public discussions, curate exhibitions in off-campus locations and show their work in local, regional and international venues. Special scholarships are available based on financial need, academic achievement and studio promise.