MFA Painting Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

The MFA Painting program aims to instill in its graduates a strong sense of artistic, intellectual, and personal confidence that will open doors to a broad array of professional possibilities. You’ll emerge from the program empowered to succeed as a professional artist, and you’ll also be equipped to teach at the college/university level and pursue other career opportunities in which your creative and communication skills will enable you to thrive.

Possible Careers:

  • Professional artist
  • Teaching/research career in higher education
  • Teach community workshops
  • Muralist
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Gallery owner or assistant
  • Art Director
  • Arts administrator
  • Corporate curator
  • Curator
  • Art critic
  • Exhibition designer
  • Exhibition preparer
  • Freelance artist
  • Art consultant/buyer
  • Museum education assistant
  • Archivist
  • Set-design and construction

Where KCAD MFA Painting alumni have exhibited their work:

  • 111 Minna Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
  • First Street Gallery (Eureka, CA)
  • Stolen Space Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
  • Thinkspace Gallery (Culver City, CA)
  • Bold Hype Gallery (New York, NY)
  • Art Center Gallery (Astoria, OR)
  • Parker Schopf Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • The Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn, NY and Leipzig, Germany)
  • The Drawing Center (New York, NY)
  • New American Paintings(national competitive publication)
  • Michael Rosenthal Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
  • Clemens Fine Arts Center (Paducah, KY)
  • Zhou B. Art Center (Chicago, IL)
  • 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL)

Where KCAD MFA Painting alumni have held artist residencies:

  • Casa Masaccio, San Giovani (Valderno, Italy)
  • Jaipur Art Festival (Jaipur, India)
  • Wollemi National Park (Sydney, Australia)
  • Arcadia National Park, Schoodic Institute (Winter Harbor, ME)
  • Golden Apple Art Residency (Harrington, ME)

Where KCAD MFA Painting alumni work:

  • WGVU (Grand Rapids, MI) – Major Gifts Coordinator
  • School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL) – Admissions Counselor
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI) - Faculty
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI) – Graduate Admissions Specialist
  • ArtPrize (Grand Rapids, MI) – Exhibitions Assistant
  • CultureWorks (Holland, MI) – Program Director
  • Arts Exhibitions International (New York, NY) – Art Preparer
  • Premier International Exhibition Company (International company) – Art Preparer
  • Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI) – Art Preparer
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI) – Art Preparer
  • Lafontsee Gallery (Grand Rapids, MI) – Art Preparer
  • The Fed Galleries @ KCAD (Grand Rapids, MI) – Art Preparer
  • Spiral Gallery (Grand Rapids, MI) – Owner/Director
  • Golden Apple Art Residency (Maine) – Director
  • Peoria Art Guild and School (Peoria, IL) – Exhibitions Staff
  • College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) – Faculty
  • Cornell College (Shreveport, LA) – Faculty
  • Indiana University (South Bend, IN) – Faculty
  • Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA) – Faculty
  • Flint Institute of Art (Flint, MI) – Faculty
  • University of Michigan, Flint (Flint, MI) – Faculty
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI) – Faculty
  • Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) – Faculty
  • Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, OH) – Faculty
  • Purchase College (Harrison, NY) – Faculty
  • Miami University (Oxford, OH) – Faculty
  • Eastern Oregon State University (La Grande, OR) – Faculty
  • Muskegon Community College (Muskegon, MI) – Faculty
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Saginaw Valley College (Saginaw, MI) – Faculty
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI) – Faculty
  • Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI) – Faculty
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) – Faculty
  • Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI) – Faculty

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