Painting MFA Program
Our program is intended to facilitate intellectual development and the practice of making art, as defined by the needs, interests and affinities of each student. Steeped in history painting is a rich and formidable tradition, and it is part of an evolving, expansive, dynamic field of activity. We encourage permeability within and outside of our discipline to remain responsive not only to paintings’ venerable traditions, but also to its increasing hybridity and ongoing redefinitions. The diverse practice within our program mirrors both the definition of what painting “is” and what it can be. Our approach is resolutely pluralistic.
The structural backbone of our MFA program is intensive, self-motivated studio investigation, faculty mentoring, rigorous critique and peer-group support. We provide generous studio spaces in a private wing of the Fine Arts Building, a visiting artist program of lectures and individual studio critiques, and internships in Houston’s world-class institutions, alternative spaces and galleries. Our program is a designed to support and challenge each artist as they prepare to engage the world of art and culture beyond the university.
Visiting Artists / Critics / Curators
Abraham Cruz Villegas
Alison De Lima Greene
Valerie Cassel Oliver