2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Painting, MFA

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Department of Art, 102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-4613.


Sharon Gold, Andrew Havenhand, Ludwig K. Stein, Jerome P. Witkin, Stephen Zaima


M.F.A. candidates in painting and drawing have excellent facilities in which to pursue independent work and research. Each student has a studio space and is encouraged to be self-motivated. Students are regularly visited in their studio for critiques by professors each semester. In addition, informal guidance is given by prominent visiting artists and critics during the academic year. Past visiting artists include Gregory Amenoff, Kenneth Baker, Eric Fischl, Paul Georges, Clement Greenberg, Hilton Kramer, Lucy Lippard, Elizabeth Murray, Kenneth Noland, Robert Pincus-Wittin, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, Robert Storr, Mark Tansey, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wegman, and many others.

Students work in a variety of contemporary styles and media. The faculty is large and diverse; their styles and approaches to painting run the gamut of contemporary expression, and their exhibition records are extensive.

The painting and drawing program has an impressive tradition of excellence, more than 100 years in the making. The student body includes many international students, providing a mix of interests, backgrounds, and cultures.

The program requires a 60-credit degree with a three-year residency and is accompanied by a final research paper and M.F.A. exhibition. Many candidates receive teaching assistantships, fellowships, or remitted tuition assistance.

Alumni include Bradley Walker Tomlin, Robert Goodnough, Sidney Tillim, Charles Hinman, Peter Plagens, Sol Lewitt, Elizabeth Murray, and Rebecca Purdum.

Major Requirements

Major studio: 24 credits

Studio electives: 12 credits

Art history or related academics: 12 credits

Free electives: 6 credits

Graduate seminar: 3 credits

Final presentation: 3 credits

Total credits: 60

Length of residency: 3 years

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