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. 

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  • Painting BFA Alumnus and current faculty member, Rubens Ghenov, reviewed in the Village Voice!

    Rubens Ghenov (BFA '99 Painting) currently has a show at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City and recenty received this glowing review from R.C. Baker of the Village...

  • MFA Painting students show work at The Independent Hotel!

    A painting featuring a large blank canvas is hung over the coffee station for a little meta with your morning cup, and throughout the lobby, other bold paintings in vi...

  • MFA Painting Alumnus, Angela Dufresne, reviewed in Art in America!

    Angela Dufresne, MFA 1998, Painting, was recently reviewed in Art in America Magazine! To read the review, click here. ...

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    Barbara Chase-Riboud

    Malcolm X #3 stele by Chase-Riboud, Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton

    For more than four decades, Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA'57) has integrated mediums and materials in uniquely expressive ways to create a remarkable body of literary and visual arts. This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive survey of her iconic Malcolm X steles. With related sculptures and drawings, the exhibition brings together more than forty works from the United States and Europe in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in more than ten years. Chase-Riboud’s sculptures dedicated to Malcolm X have been likened to contemporary interpretations of the steles erected in various parts of the ancient world to commemorate important people and events. Cast from cut and folded sheets of wax, the sculptures combine bronze, manipulated into undulating folds and crevices, with knotted and braided silk and wool fiber. This expressive melding of forms and materials is evident in the Museum’s own Malcolm X #3 (1969), which matches the golden hue of polished bronze with cascades of glossy silk thread—a combination that conveys a subtle tension and unity among opposites. More

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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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    Annual Graduate Open House

    October 10, 2014

    Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr

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    Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimental Use of Technology in Art

    September 30, 2014

    The Art & Technology Group is pleased to announce the upcoming event Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimenta

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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

    "Film as Sculpture" is the subject of a talk by curator, Christopher Eamon included in the Critical Dialogues Lecture Series organized by

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

    September 11, 2013

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

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    Alyssa Wojcik's Job Has Perks

    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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    2014 SPI/SSI Dates

    This year's Summer Intensive dates are June 16,2014–August 1, 2014. Acceptance will be by rolling admissions. Application will be viewed beginning February 15, 2014 until April 15, 2014.

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    • Le Lit (The Bed) by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • Monument to Man Ray's "The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse," by Barbara Chase-Riboud
    • All That Rises Must Converge / Red by Barbara Chase-Riboud
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    • Malcolm X #10 by Barbara Chase-Riboud
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    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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