Painting is continually evolving, producing an enormous variety of responses to philosophies and technological developments. These changes have always been part of the discipline, whether it meant moving from the frescoed surface to wood panels or from hand-mixed paints to digital techniques.
While painting continues upon its long-established tracks, current developments in the field utilize a variety of responses to content. At UB, we examine issues of presentation and representation through coursework that progressively offers students greater autonomy. Students investigate diverse traditional techniques, conceptual motivations, and performative strategies in each course, encouraging students to discover in their own practice in 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.