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Painting Professor: Stacey Davidson

It is an exciting time to be a painter. Painting is a medium with a rich history and wide array of approaches. The goal of the painting program at Winthrop is to develop artists with a strong personal vision who connect what they do in the studio to their life, their communities, and the larger culture. 

With this vision in mind, our program provides a solid foundation in both traditional and contemporary approaches to painting, with an emphasis on intellectual curiosity and creative thinking–whether it be observationally based studio work or explorations of painting’s intersections with new media.

Painting at Winthrop is more than you might imagine.

All freshmen participate in our rigorous Foundations Program, which immerses students into a wide range of media and possibilities in visual thinking. At the sophomore level, painting majors are introduced to materials, concepts, and representational strategies. In Painting II, students further their exploration of materials and ideas as they are engaged with issues in contemporary art. As juniors and seniors, students develop a self-directed studio practice, culminating in a BFA exhibition. Advanced painting classes center around one-on-one instruction and community critiques.  The open studio setting houses individual spaces as well as common space for collaborative projects and installations, and provides the basis for a vibrant community of students working side by side.

The program is committed to graduating students with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to be successful working artists. This begins freshman year as students are introduced to a variety of professional perspectives, and continues through senior year. Visiting artists, field trips, special events, and exhibitions give students an understanding  of the professional art world, whether it be graduate studies in art, working as professional studio artists, working in museums, galleries, schools, or arts agencies.