MICA's Painting department is ranked as one of the best in the country, an accomplishment that provides painting majors with many opportunities and greater visibility for their achievements.

Our Painting department is distinguished by both tradition and rebellion. The program celebrates the development of strong painting and drawing skills, an exploration of old and new forms (representational and abstract, 2D, and 3D), and an appreciation of independent, personal expression and risk-taking.

Program Overview

The department's curriculum is generous, varied, and attuned to the individual needs of its majors. Painting electives represent a wide array of artistic experiences ranging from figure and landscape painting options to courses that address subjects such as the poetics of materials, personal narrative, visual music, collaboration, performance, and installation art. The number of painting and studio electives built into the degree plan exceeds the number of electives offered by any other department, thereby allowing painting majors great freedom in their course offerings.

Faculty and visiting artists and critics have a diverse array of aesthetic sensibilities, maintain active studio practices, and exhibit their work in various venues - and also act as role models and mentors as you find your own voice as an artist.

Top Artists

Our Painting majors are consistently accepted into the country's top ten fine arts graduate programs, including those at MICA, Yale, Columbia, ISD, and the Cranbrook Academy. Many have received prestigious awards, grants, and fellowships, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and the Freeman-ASIA Award.

Independent Studio Space

Painting majors benefit from the facilities at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center, a historic industrial building just a short walk from the central campus. Located in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District, it includes independent studio space for upper-division students in drawing, painting, and GFA. The facility also allows you to rub elbows with MICA’s graduate students and be a part of a strong community of graduate and undergraduate fine artists.

Untitled painting by Andrew Gray
Beaded artwork by Ariel Posh
Painting by Meg Beck
Painting by Tyler Ballon
Untitled painting by Andrew Gray

Untitled

Painting B.F.A.

Artist
Andrew Gray
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Beaded artwork by Ariel Posh

Painting B.F.A.

Artist
Ariel Posh
Date
2018
Credit

Justin Tsucalas

Painting by Meg Beck

hominal

Painting B.F.A.

Artist
Meg Beck
Date
2017
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Painting by Tyler Ballon

Deposition

Painting B.F.A.

Artist
Tyler Ballon
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

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