Jesskika Clement - Painting
Sabrina McLaughlin - Painting
Kevin Slumka - Painting
Rohullah Hassani - Painting
Kierstynn Holman - Painting
Bailey Hoffman - Painting
Sabrina McLaughlin - Painting
Bailey Hoffman - Painting
Brooke Briggson - Painting
Sawyer Seide - Painting
Hannah Huizenga - Painting
Raime Lee - Painting
The Painting program allows the student to focus on the discipline of painting in a way not possible in a traditional area of emphasis. With a total of thirty credits dedicated solely to painting, the student will graduate with a highly competitive portfolio of work preparing them for success in a variety of area including graduate school, galleries and grant writing. Due to the more intensive nature of the painting major, students are exposed to all the major forms and genres including still life, landscape, figure, abstract, and mixed media painting.
The Painting program follows a pattern of progressive complexity. Introductory courses focus on the development and reinforcement of basic technical skills. The student is introduced to traditional painting processes, builds a vocabulary of painting terminology, and acquires a sense of the history of the medium. Intermediate level classes move from representational painting to more complex issues such as abstraction and concept development. Fine art seminars are taken in concert with advanced painting classes so that studio work is augmented by critical reflection and research into aesthetics.
In the Painting program, the student has fifteen elective credits and may choose from a variety of fine art studio courses. Electives allow the student to broaden their understanding of the visual arts or obtain a minor.
In the final year, the student is allowed to establish their own artistic direction in the thesis level courses. At this point the student is working independently, choosing their own ideas and stylistic approaches. During the BFA critique/exhibition, the student is required to give an oral presentation, produce an artist statement and display a body of cohesive artwork.
The Painting program offers complete immersion into the medium’s rich history and vast expressive possibilities. You’ll be exposed to a wide variety of traditional and progressive forms of art through intensive study of the major genres of painting such as still life, landscape, figure, and abstraction as well as experimentation with mixed media work and concept development. As you refine your technique and explore conceptual ideas, you’ll also supplement your studio work with fine art seminars fostering critical research skills, reflection into contemporary theory, and effective career oriented professional practices.
You’ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education and art history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.
The Painting program follows a pattern of progressive complexity. In your introductory courses, you’ll focus on developing basic painting techniques in traditional painting genres. As you progress through the program, you’ll gain the confidence and technical skill to begin experimenting with mixed media and other approaches that move beyond traditional definitions of painting, ultimately developing a unique vision for your own art.
As you refine your own artistic skills and processes, you’ll also gain a broad knowledge of the world of contemporary art through fine art seminars taken in concert with advanced painting classes. In this way, your studio work will be augmented by critical reflection and research into theory that strengthens your analytical and critical thinking skills and heightens your ability to engage in culturally informed and reflexive discourse about your own work and the work of others.
As a student in the Painting program, you’ll experience a strong sense of community driven by an emphasis on faculty availability and interaction. The program’s small class sizes enable our faculty to get to know you as an individual, while you’ll come to see them as not just instructors, but as mentors and professional role models as well. The program also places an emphasis on personalized instruction, resulting in concentrated periods of work, ideation, and exploration with guidance from faculty. The ability to experiment in a safe and supportive environment encourages your growth and confidence and prepares you for success after graduation.
There’s also the matter of place: located in Grand Rapids, a mid-sized city that values art and design, KCAD acts as an incubator for focused artistic growth and cultural engagement. Location also means you’ll enjoy mid-size city living, while being only hours away from the cultural wealth of larger cities like Chicago and Detroit.
As a graduate of the Painting program, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career as a studio artist, either independently or with gallery representation. You’ll also be prepared to leverage your critical thinking, communication, and creative problem solving skills. Possible careers include:
- Professional Artist
- Continuing Education Instructor
- Community Workshop Instructor
- Gallery Owner
- Art Director
- Arts Administrator
- Art Critic
- Art Consultant/Buyer
- Museum Education Assistant
- Set Designer
Many Panting graduates chose to further develop their skills by pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree or by seeking opportunities such as artist residencies or grant-funded projects.
As a Painting student, you’ll learn and experiment in spacious classrooms with plentiful natural light. You’ll also have access to private personal studio spaces as well as communal exhibition spaces and the program specific exhibition space Gallery 602, both equipped with expansive display walls and track-lighting.
Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have access to KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; a spacious and well-equipped woodshop, supervised by an experienced technician, at your disposal, with over 30 pieces of equipment including table saws and a fully-ventilated walk-in spray paint and glue room; the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals; and much more.
KCAD also offers a number of summer travel/study experiences as well as internships during the academic year and the summer. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue work in a variety of settings, such as professional fine art studios, museums, and community arts organizations, to name a few.
As a graduate of the Painting program, you’ll be prepared to engage in a rich, fulfilling practice of creating culturally significant and meaningful works of art. The versatile set of creative, critical thinking, and communication skills you’ll develop can also open up a number of other career options in art-related fields.
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