Painting

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

  • Diverse faculty of accomplished working artists
  • World class facilities and semi-private studios
  • Trips to NYC galleries and museums, distinguished visiting artists

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Students in our painting program explore the fundamental elements and concepts that govern visual language. Through close individual guidance, you will gain expertise and knowledge that will help you navigate both the painting profession and the world at large. Our goal is to help you become an independent creative thinker—aware and engaged in a broad visual dialogue—who is confident and assertive in your own artistic voice.

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John Meza
Associate Professor of Art

Mark Webber
Assistant Professor

Pamela M. Parsons
Associate Professor of Art

Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, built in 2001; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.  The large and airy third floor art studio is dedicated space for advanced painting students. The room has moveable partitions for configuring semi private work areas according to class size.

Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting AutoCAD software.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Erin

I am excited for further opportunities to expand and improve as a web designer and developer.

I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Graphic Design and Art history in 2013. I began my career as a graphic designer with an emphasis on customer support in 2013 for FreshySites Web Design, a full service web design shop located in Binghamton, NY. FreshySites, which has recently been named the #1 Web-Design company in Central New York for the second year according to the Central New York Business Journal, focuses on providing beautiful and modern websites with an emphasis on customer interaction, satisfaction, and support.

As Support & Project Work Manager at FreshySites, I have gained experience in project management, quick problem solving, and customer support. I manage all side/special-case projects and high-level support, including troubleshooting web-issues and using/creating custom HTML/CSS and PHP files. I thrive on the daily opportunities to interact directly with clients, providing them with the best customer experience, and strive to find unique solutions to web-related problems. As FreshySites continues to grow, I am excited for further opportunities to expand and improve as a web designer and developer.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233 Painting I
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

Studio Art (2-D)
Painting Track

63 credits

Students in the 2-D painting track learn to manipulate versatile media through an introduction to the important concepts that govern visual thinking. Through close, individual guidance, advancing students are challenged increasingly to branch efforts into what is essentially their own experience.

ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I
3
ART 215B Figure Drawing II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review 0
ART 327 Intaglio
3
ART 345 Painting II
3
ART 429 Advanced Drawing
3
ART 435 Contemporary Art History
3
ART 443A Painting III
3
ART 444A Advanced Painting
6
ART 444B Advanced Painting
6
ART 444C Advanced Painting
6
ART 444D Advanced Painting
6
ART 445 Professional Contribution (Exhibit)
0
ART Elective Studio or Fieldwork
3
ART Elective Studio or Art History
3
ART Elective Studio
3

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.