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Painting + Drawing

Student work
Jered Sprecher, Faculty
Sterling Goller-Brown, BFA 2104
Joshua Bienko, Faculty
Eric Cagley, MFA 2014

Welcome to Painting + Drawing

Painting and Drawing are areas of study within the undergraduate 2D concentration offering advanced courses culminating in either a B.F.A. in Studio Art or a B.A. in Art.


Painting

The painting curriculum is fundamentally responsive to the plurality of ideas and possibilities evident in the (art) world today. The painting area offers strong core knowledge in the traditional tools and media of painting, while encouraging connections to technology, photography, installation, and other generative practices. We emphasize the equipping of young artists whose ambitions are to become shapers of culture, whether as practicing artists, educators, or creative professionals. We routinely send our undergraduate painting students to the best graduate programs in the country.

Painting Area Coordinator – Jered Sprecher – jspreche@utk.edu

Drawing

Drawing offers a challenging program that is responsive to and reflects a changing contemporary world. Drawing is fundamental to all experiences in art making today and is at the heart of visual expression. The major in drawing embraces a wide range of concepts, materials, and approaches including narrative, figure, abstraction, installation, digital, and interdisciplinary work. Students who major in drawing are challenged to create strong portfolios that prepare them to be creative catalysts in the larger world. We emphasize the equipping of young artists whose ambitions are to become shapers of culture, whether as practicing artists, educators, or creative professionals. We routinely send our undergraduate students to the best graduate programs in the country.

Drawing Area Coordinator – Joshua Bienko – jbienko@utk.edu

MFA Painting & Drawing

With a nationally recognized Artist-in-Residence program and critically engaged and active faculty mentors, The School of Art at the University of Tennessee is an attractive 3-year MFA program at a major research institution. A blend of consistent interaction with the Painting & Drawing faculty and the semester long visits of the Artist-in-Residence make the MFA at UTK a unique and unparalleled experience. The program is based on a pluralistic ethos, that the range of ideas and approaches make the richest dialog. Graduate Students are encouraged to question her or his assumptions and push the boundaries of one’s own practice as an artist.

Grad Coordinator – Claire Stigliani – cstiglia@utk.edu

Artist-in-Residence

In addition to our core faculty, our nationally recognized Artist-in-Residence program brings a different visiting professional artist to the UT campus each semester. This artist-in-residence (AIR) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both areas. The AIR, who typically works and resides in New York or other urban centers, acts as an additional bridge between the university and life beyond it. The AIR brings with them differing experiences, views, aesthetics, and backgrounds. This mix of core faculty and AIR allows students to experience a wide array of perspectives as they work to find their own voice.

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