Faculty: Kim Owens, Associate Professor
Undergraduate degrees offered: BA

The painting program offers students the opportunity to engage in contemporary practices and directions in painting through intensive studio Art Student Paintingexperience. Skills are developed in various painting techniques and materials and address the relationship between form and content. Experimentation with various forms is encouraged whether representational, abstract, dimensional or digital. Through practical and conceptual studio guidance toward their individualized creative visions, painting majors develop a focused body of work culminating in a solo senior exhibition.

Basic Requirements

A total of 45 credits: two semesters of participation in senior seminar (one credit per semester); 12 in art history (6 advanced); 31 in studio courses including 15 credits (12 advanced) in one studio area (beginning studio, two intermediate studios, and two senior studios), the core studio requirements of Drawing I and II, Human Figure, Two-and Three-Dimensional Design, and six credits of electives in other studio experiences outside the area of emphasis. Satisfactory completion of the Senior Exhibition and Comprehensive Examination is required. It is recommended that art majors take Aesthetics for the philosophy elective and seek appropriate electives in other departments.

Student Painting

Student painting in semi-private studio space.

Comprehensive Examination

In the second semester of the junior year the work of the student is reviewed by the entire art faculty. A second review occurs in the first senior semester, followed by a final review in the last semester prior to the presentation of the senior capstone project, a solo-exhibition held on campus. It must contain work done predominantly during the Senior Studio course. The exhibition, selected, designed and constructed by the student, is judged by the faculty in an oral examination. In the senior year all art majors must also pass an art history comprehensive exam.

Area of Painting course sequence following the Art Core


Fall Classes Hours Spring Classes Hours
Art 3334, Intermediate Painting I 3 Art 3335, Intermediate Painting II 3
Art 5398, Modern Art 3 Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics 3
Art 3329, Intermediate Drawing 3 Art 5399, Contemporary Art 3
Philosophy 3311 3 History 1312 3
Math 3 Science 4
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16


Fall Classes Hours Spring Classes Hours
Art 4349, Senior Painting 3 Art 4350, Senior Painting 3
Art 4151, Senior Seminar 1 Art 4152, Senior Seminar 1
Art Elective 3 Art Elective 3
Science 3 Philosophy (Aesthetics) 3
Elective 3 Politics 1311 3
Economics 1311 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16


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