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Painting & Drawing


The dynamic visual language of painting and drawing is the ideal for invention, exploration, and articulation of ideas. Long revered for their traditions, painting and drawing now intersect with new media and encompass a variety of approaches. In addition to images on canvas and paper, students at SUNY New Paltz experiment with materials and methodologies that challenge the possibilities of the discipline. Ideas are not limited by material definitions. The program is committed to graduating students with substantial portfolios of work, the verbal/critical skills to participate in contemporary dialogue, and the practical resources to be successful working, exhibiting artists. BFA and MFA students at New Paltz benefit from the diverse viewpoints of faculty, visiting artists/critics, and interdisciplinary forums. With guidance, encouragement, and exposure to new ideas, students are challenged to expand the scope of their work and contribute to the evolution of the field.

Painting & Drawing: Studio Space & Facilities

MFA painters have generous 200 square foot private studio spaces in the Smiley Art Building. The building is equipped with wi-fi, three computer labs on the second floor, including a 64-inch Epson printer used to teach direct printing and transfer process in Digital Painting courses, and a 3-D digital fabrication lab on the first floor. A key-card system provides after-hours access. A well-equipped wood shop is located in the adjacent Fine Arts Building. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art adjoins the complex, and is the location of BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions.

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Internship, Residencies and Fieldwork

Internship and fieldwork opportunities are encouraged and accessible via a wide range of institutions and professionals in the Hudson Valley as well as in New York City, just a 90-minute bus ride away. Our students have had internships at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (NYC), and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Edward Albee Foundation, Chautauqua School of Art, the Cooper Union in NYC, the Ruth Katzman Fellowship for the League Residency at Vyt, the Albany Barn Studios, and Griffis Art Center in Connecticut.

Student Success

Our graduates exhibit nationally and internationally; venues include: The Armory Show in NYC, Art Basel Miami Beach, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, The Arts Club of London, and Harvard University. Former students are on the staff at the Aldrich Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Our graduates have secured teaching positions at the University of Rochester, California State Long Beach, RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Manhattanville College, Hong Ik University and Gyeongsang National University in South Korea, and SUNY Buffalo.

Graduate honors include: the NYFA Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts, Vermont Studio Center Residencies, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy, World Views Residency Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Residency, Whitney Independent Study Program Fellowship, Cooper Union Artist Residency, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award nomination, and artist books in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Visiting Artists

A partial list of visiting artists includes: Alfredo Jaar, Robert Crumb, Patti Phillips, Nicole Eisenman, Amy Sillman, Polly Apfelbaum, Julie Evans, Byron Kim, Glen Goldberg, Sangram Majumdar, Alexis Rockman, Tom Thayer, Mike Bidlo, Ellen Gallagher, Judith Linhares, Eleanor Heartney, Kojo Griffin, China Marks, Vincent Desiderio, Michael Ashkin, Julie Heffernan, Susanna Coffey, April Gornick, Barbara Takenaga, Marco Maggi, Martin Puryear, Lucy Lippard, Cynthia Lin, Lee Ming Wei, Diller + Scofidio, Marcia Tucker, Alexander Melamid, Terry Zwigoff.

Contact Us

Program Information:

Robin Arnold, Professor or (845) 257-3839

Admission Information:

Alana Matuszewski, Director of Graduate Admission or (845) 257-3285

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