The intention of our area is simple - to facilitate intellectual development and the practical making of work, as defined by the needs, interests and affinities of each individual student. Painting is both a rich and formidable tradition that is steeped in history, and an evolving, expansive and dynamic field of activity. We encourage permeability within and outside of our discipline to remain responsive not only to paintings' venerable traditions, but also to its increasing hybridity and ongoing redefinitions. The diverse practice within our program mirrors both the definition of what painting "is" and what it can be. Our approach is resolutely pluralistic.
The structural backbone of our BFA program is intensive, self-motivated studio investigation, faculty mentoring, rigorous critique and peer-group support. Classroom instruction at every level includes the introduction and use of tools, techniques, vocabulary, and concepts of contemporary painting and drawing. Coursework is supplemented by visiting artist lectures and critiques, and internships in Houston's world-class institutions, alternative spaces and galleries.
Painting Area Internships
Advanced undergraduate painting majors with a 3.0 studio art GPA are eligible for internships in area museums, alternative spaces and commercial galleries, including DiverseWorks Artspace, Lawndale Art Center, The Station, The Contemporary Arts Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Interns gain invaluable insight into the operations of for-profit and non-profit visual arts venues as gallery assistants, curatorial and research assistants, exhibition preparators, and education and outreach program assistants. Internships are an invaluable practicum supplement to academic programs and studio practice.
Visiting Artists / Critics / Curators:
Abraham Cruz Villegas
Alison De Lima Greene
Dennis Hollingsworth Jim Iserman
Valerie Cassel Oliver