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Painting

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, our Department of Painting has a long and illustrious history of producing successful artists. As a Painting major, you will acquire a broad knowledge of the visual arts and an in-depth knowledge of painting as a studio practice. At the core of our coursework is an understanding of what it takes to be a professional artist. With this goal in mind, we provide our students with a solid foundation in technical and problem solving skills, art theory, and contemporary practices in the visual arts.

As a Painting student, you will experience a wide range of approaches from figural and abstract painting to alternative media and installation. Your work will be guided by our faculty of professional artists through individual and group studio critiques, workshops, seminars, and special topics courses. In addition, a series of special events such as exhibitions, artist visits, and scholar programs will present you with the issues, challenges, and practices you can expect to face during your professional life. You also will be tutored in creating a professional portfolio, developing grant-writing skills, and proper strategies for successfully approaching dealers, curators, and collectors. You will learn how to set up your own professional studio in our Professional Practices program. Your CIA experience culminates with a BFA exhibition that entails presenting a body of self-initiated work, an oral defense, and a written artist statement.

As part of the Visual Arts Environment, you will share in an integrated curriculum studying other disciplines within the environment including Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture. You also may take classes from and work individually with our VA Environment Artist-in-Residence, a leading artist in his or her field. Each spring, you have the opportunity to visit professional galleries and exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial and The Armory Show, in New York City.

What can I do with a degree in Painting?

  • Installation Artist and Assistant Professor
  • Painter
  • Producer
  • Colorist
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Modeler

Facilities

Painting students have large individual studio spaces, a well-equipped workshop, and excellent critique space—all within the sky-lit, factory loft space of the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts.

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on research with tools and materials. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.

A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA
800.223.4700

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