The Painting and Drawing department propels students to develop the full range of their subjective, material, and conceptual experience. While some students investigate their own take on traditional painting methodologies, others expand their work to include other non-traditional media or materials, such as film/video, print media, digital imaging, performance, installation, and sculpture. Our community supports the multiplicity of viewpoints, encouraging each student to find formal languages that embody their ideas, following their logic and intuition in order to become an engaging, dynamic model of contemporary painting.
Our students have access to compelling artists, both within and outside of our program. The department has an active student-run visiting artist program of dynamic artists, critics, and curators who visit campus, giving lectures as well as group and individual critiques. Aside from this, our program has many connections in Chicago’s active community of galleries, which range from commercial spaces exhibiting established artists, independent project-based initiatives, alternative spaces, and small apartment galleries. Collectively, these spaces provide students with many ways to consider how and where they can approach exhibitions in the future.