Painting & Drawing

Tyler is ranked among the top 10 MFA programs in Painting by U.S. News and World Report. Our Program provides the skills and concepts essential to your artistic growth. The faculty has designed a pattern of studio and seminar courses that fosters the development of pictorial concepts realized in the tangible form of painting and drawing.

Students entering Tyler’s BFA program in Painting and Drawing become part of the working world of art. Faculty who are all practicing artists, graduate students in the school’s top-ranked MFA program, visiting artists, critics, authors, gallery owners, and curators all play a role in exposing 100-plus majors to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program focuses on studio practice as a career, and encourages students to explore and hone a variety of techniques while developing their own personal visions. Through studio and seminar courses, faculty members present a range of skills and concepts essential to artistic development. 


  • Studio Museum in Harlem Plans a Solo Show of Tyler Professor Emeritus, Stanley Whitney

    From the Studio Museum's website: The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to present Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange, the first New York City solo museum exhibition of ...

  • Professor Emeritus, Frank Bramblett's Retrospective on view through June 21st at The Woodmere Art Museum

    This career retrospective explores four decades of work by Frank Bramblett (born 1947), one of Philadelphia’s most admired artists and teachers. His work is rooted in ...

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock, Alumnus, MFA Painting Recent museum exhibitions

    MFA Painting alumnus Trenton Doyle Hancock has four current museum exhibitions. Trenton Doyle Hancock at Ringling Museum of Art Solo Exhibition APRIL 17 - SEPTEMBER...

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    Trenton Doyle Hancock

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    Trenton has had exhibitions at major galleries and museums throughout the world. Recent exhibitions have included A Better Promise, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA,,2010 Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX,2009, FEAR, James Cohan Gallery, New York, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy, Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist retreat, Sarasota, Florida,2013 the Joyce Alexander Wein Award, Studio Museum of Harlem,2007, S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Prize in the 181st Annual Exhibition, National Academy Museum, New York, NY,2006, Penny McCall Foundation Award,2004, Artadia Foundation Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Grant Recipient and the Skowhegan Camille Hanks Cosby fellowship for African-American Artists, Skowhegan, MA More

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    March 26, 2015

    In this edition of The Artist's Voice, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Stanley Whitney will discuss Hancock's drawings, collages and works on p

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    April 09, 2015

    Are you someone considering teaching in community settings as a way to sustain your creative life? Presented by the Art Education and Com

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    MFA Painting Alumnus Trenton Doyle Hancock Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

    March 25, 2015

    Mar 26, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015 STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM

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    Praxis: Artwork by MEd Graduate Students

    September 24, 2014

    Come see the work of Masters of Education with a major in Art graduate students. This exhibition features painting, drawing, sculpture, f


    2015 SPI/SSI Dates

    This year's Summer Intensive dates are June 8,2015-July 24, 2015. Acceptance will be by rolling admissions. Application will be viewed beginning February 15, 2014 until April 15, 2014.

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    Art Market at Tyler

    October 10, 2014

      Friday, October 10th (12 - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, October 11th (12 - 5 p.m.) Shop handmade goods. See demonstrations. Make somet

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    January 31, 2014

    Alyssa Wojcik has been working at the United Zion Retirement Community in Lancaster since she was sixteen years old. When she went to Tyl

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    Featured Alumni

    Trenton Doyle Hancock, MFA in Painting, 2000 is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist retreat, Sarasota, Florida, 2013.

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    Virgil Marti, MFA'90 at Wadsworth!

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    Critical Dialogues: Alexander Alberro and Dan Graham (Panel Discussion)

    October 30, 2013

    Alexander Alberro, Virginia Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, is the author of Conc

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    Critical Dialogues, Christopher Eamon, "Film as Sculpture"

    September 18, 2013

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    Critical Dialogues, Su Friedrich, "Documentary Isn't Real and Fiction Isn't Invented."

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    The Critical Dialogues Series is presented by the department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. Artist Sue Friedrich will speak that eve


    Critical Dialogue Lecture Series

    The Critical Dialogue series at Tyler brings to campus outstanding, internationally renowned artist, filmmakers, architects, curators, scholars, and writers.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

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