Studio Art


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


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


Unrealism: Jason Guynes Solo Exhibition at The Arts Council Gallery

Chair and Professor Jason Guynes will present a solo exhibition of his paintings and drawings titled Unrealism June 3 through July 29, 2022, in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The gallery will hold a reception on June 3 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. “Unrealism

UA Grad Student’s Painting Selected for International Art Fair in Venice

Ashlee René Thompson has had two paintings selected for international exhibitions. Her mixed media painting, Comfort in the Panic, was accepted to the Consciousness section of ITSLIQUID ANIMA MUNDI Venice International Art Fair in Venice, Italy. Her painting will be on display from May 12 to June 3, 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space,

Art Grad Student Leads Exhibition Team at Transportation Museum

Ashlee René Thompson, an MFA candidate in painting set to graduate in May 2022, is also working on her museum studies certificate while at UA. As part of the certificate requirements, Thompson took a course in museum education and exhibits with Dr. Alexander Benitez, then director of Moundville Archaeological Park. For a semester-long project, the