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
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.
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.
- Jason Guynes, Professor
- Bryce Speed, Assistant Professor
- Daisie Hoitsma Young, Instructor
- Tom Wegrzynowski, Instructor
Assistant Professor Bryce Speed has a solo exhibition, Imagination and Crisis: New Paintings by Bryce Speed at the Creative Arts Gallery in the College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California, August 30-October 14, 2021. Postdoctoral Research Fellow Celestia Morgan’s photographic work from Redline is part of a three-person exhibition, Distances, at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center
Third-year grad student Ashlee René Thompson has had a busy summer. After presenting her MA thesis exhibition last spring, Thompson submitted several paintings from that body of work to exhibitions, both in-person and online. A painting of hers was juried into the 55th Montgomery (Ala.) Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition, which will open in September;
Two Master of Fine Arts degree candidates in the UA Department of Art and Art History, Zoe Fitch and Shivam Pawar, have spent the summer submitting their artwork to national juried exhibitions. They each presented MA thesis exhibitions in the spring of 2021. Zoe Fitch won first place for her painting, Mississippi Migrant Mother, in