Painters share with poets the magical realms of illusion and metaphor. Derived from a 15,000-year long history, painting today is a complex language that continues to evolve as a vital and everlasting part of contemporary art. Art history reveals that painting offers unending territory for the creative and expressive act. If pursued with rigor, it offers immense rewards as a vehicle to engage with the world while, at the same time, serving as a mirror for cultural understanding and self-reflection.
Painting at KU
Painting students move through a curriculum that builds technical skill and knowledge. You will enjoy the substantial resources and opportunities offered by a large, comprehensive studio art program including individual senior studios, internships, scholarships, travel grants, visiting artists and study abroad trips. Large classrooms accommodate a variety of painting projects, including large-scale work. Faculty members are diverse, active practitioners who exhibit nationally and internationally while teaching structured courses that lead to a variety of special topics and independent study courses. Faculty members actively support student research and mentor students toward success.
Ultimately our goal is to foster each student as an independent working artist. Frequent critiques build communication skills, knowledge and critical analysis. The senior Professional Activities Seminar prepares students for a career by including workshops on graduate school applications, exhibition opportunities and grant applications. Art related positions are introduced by visitors from museums, galleries and arts agencies that may involve art therapy, teaching, restoration, art journalism, and more. Finally, the School of the Arts encourages activity across the arts while the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers diverse intellectual inquiry and research support.