Painting

MA/MFA in Studio Art

Faculty: Kim Owens, Associate Professor

Kim Owens, 2009, Lounge, 48 x 48 in, oil on canvas

MA/MFA candidates in the painting area investigate what moves them to create art—not only what personally motivates them but also how their work potentially engages a larger audience and art world. For this reason the graduate program in painting requires that the student/artist possess a strong sense of direction in their work. The image, idea, method or process is a concerted pursuit of form in service of content. I strongly believe that painting is not defined purely by its materiality but more importantly by the issues and ideas that surround it both historically and contemporaneously. Whether representational, abstract, dimensional, or digital, the key is to find the best means for realizing one's vision.

Graduate painters forge connections to creative communities beyond the University through department exhibition programming, visiting artist lectures and critiques, and trips to area art institutions. The Dallas/Fort Worth area offers a vast and vibrant art community providing a continual stream of world-class events and exhibitions.

The MA and MFA program in Studio Art draws students involved in a multiplicity of practices, interests, and professional aspirations. Through the programs emphasis on studio and professional practices these students evolve into practicing artists exhibiting their work, engaging in residencies, curating exhibitions, and teaching art.

— Kim Owens

Upper Gallery

Senior Painting Studio

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