The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking is a vibrant community centered on both practice and research. Students build skills in painting, drawing and printmaking but are also given opportunities to participate in an expanded field that includes socially engaged practices, creative coding, video, performance and more. We offer both BFA and MFA degrees in addition to interdisciplinary models of education in partnership with other areas across the university. Alumni from this program have gone on to careers as artists, teachers, gallerists, curators, arts administrators and master printers.
Painting + Printmaking also offers a range of public programs including lectures and studio visits with artists, curators and critics, exhibitions and open studios. In addition, both BFA and MFA students have a number of opportunities to travel to exciting destinations including Berlin, Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York. All students have the opportunity to participate in the annual program to Peru run each summer.
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The Department of Painting and Printmaking is a vibrant community that prepares students to be professional artists and participate in a wide range of roles in the field of contemporary art. Our studio program is like a laboratory, where you’ll investigate and redefine your personal vision and its relationship to visual culture.
The minor in painting and printmaking provides basic and advanced training in both material disciplines, with access to the same facilities used by students in the major.
Ranked among the top graduate painting programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the MFA painting and printmaking program at VCUarts fosters intensive studio practice in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital media.
Statement on cultural equity, diversity and inclusion
The Department of Painting + Printmaking is committed to the principle of cultural equity and empowering a just, inclusive, and equitable community. We support thoughtful, informed and inclusive action, and are committed to empowering community values in which individuals of different perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and social identities feel safe and welcomed.
Painting + Printmaking hosts a range of lectures and exhibitions by artists, curators, critics and current students.
Travel is an important feature of the Painting + Printmaking curriculum. Students travel to galleries, museums and studios throughout the United States and internationally.