Studio Art

Painting

a painting lying outsideOverview

The painting program at The University of Alabama promotes the idea that painting is an evolving and vital art form. Courses are designed for students of all levels, backgrounds, and interests and embrace both traditional and expanded methodologies. Students in the program are challenged to engage in critical thought and to develop context for their individual creative interests. Courses in painting, which are both foundational and conceptual, convey knowledge of the historical and current practices of painting.

Painting Program Objectives

  • Encourage use of appropriate media to convey specific artistic expressions that effectively communicate the artists’ intent
  • Students will develop creative problem-solving strategies as a means to create strong artwork
  • Demonstrate critical skills through specific class projects
  • Produce creative artworks that demonstrate innovations in concepts, forms and materials
  • Analyze and critique artwork, both orally and written, based on the form, conceptual considerations, and social and cultural influences
  • Research methods are developed and strengthened through the study of original works of art

Facilities

Painting classrooms occupy the fourth floor of historic Woods Hall. Courses are taught in a large, well-lit studio containing easels, tabourets, wall spaces and flat working areas. The critique and workshop areas provide opportunities for group meetings and basic stretcher building. Graduate students are provided with individual studios.

These classrooms are collaborative environments where beginning and upper-level students share technical skills, ideas and feedback with each other. All students enrolled in painting courses have 24/7 access to the painting area.

Contact Us

For information about applying, visit our Prospective Students page, or call us for more information: (205) 348-5967. Thinking of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Painting? Here is a sample four-year plan for the BFA in Painting.

UA Painting News

Click on this link to read stories about our students and faculty in painting.

Meet our graduate students.

Painting Faculty

 

Blue female torso mixed media print by Sandra Vega

Search for Self-Knowledge Theme of March Graduate Art Exhibitions

The University of Alabama department of art and art history is proud to present the Master of Arts thesis exhibitions of Sandra Vega and Ashlee René Thompson, March 1-12, 2021, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. The public is invited to visit Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m.

Artworks by UA Professor Juried Into Three Exhibitions

Associate Professor William Dooley has artworks accepted into three national juried exhibitions in 2021: America Paperworks 2021, Northwest Arts Center, Minot, North Dakota ( January 15 – February 26); 36th Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler (January 19 – March 5); and Art Now America: National Juried Exhibition, Slocumb Galleries, East

abstract painting by Juan Lopez-Bautista

Mexican American Artist Depicts Remnants of Border Crossings

UA graduate student in painting Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista will have a solo exhibition at Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, Ala., from November 18, 2020, through January 9, 2021. The show, titled Landscape Remnants, will be held in Lowe Mill’s Third Floor West Gallery. There will be a closing reception on Friday, January 8 from 6-8