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 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. 

Upcoming Events

Lecture Series

  • December 02, 2015
  • 6:00pm

Ruba Katrib is SculptureCenter's Curator and is responsible for organizing exhibitions, educational and public programs, publications and...

  • November 18, 2015
  • 6:00pm

Gloria Sutton is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and New Media at Northeastern University in Boston. She received her PhD...


  • Memorias Persistentes

    With the due date to apply for the Dean’s Grant for Student Research around the corner, it is worth noting the previous recipients of this prestigious grant. Paula Men...

  • Painting Professor, Dona Nelson and BFA Painting Alumnus, Lisa Sigal, each named 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Award Winners!

    Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to ...

  • Painting Professor, Marilyn Holsing, has a solo exhibit opening at C.R. Ettinger Studio and Gallery!

    B.F.F. An exhibition of the recently completed suite of prints, ephemera & an installation about Youg Marie Antoinette by her friend, Marilyn Holsing. November 1...

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    Alumni Spotlight

    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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    November 13, 2015

    Tyler School of Art will host its fourth annual MFA Open Studios on Friday, November 13th, 2015, from 4 - 8pm.  Graduate studios will be

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    March 25, 2015

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

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    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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    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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    October 30, 2013

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


    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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