PAINTING & DRAWING

Our reputation is founded upon our deep commitment to personal expression, experimentation, and risk taking, while remaining rooted in the unique fundamentals of history and methodology.

New Mexico, with its rich cultural heritage and stunning variety of landscapes has been a magnet for artists for a long time. Early in the 20th century Professor Raymond Jonson was drawn to New Mexico from Chicago and was instrumental in forming the Transcendentalist Painting Group, an innovative group of non-objective painters that include such luminaries as Florence Pierce and Agnes Pelton.
During the 20th century, artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Agnes Martin have been associated with the school. Close connection to Native American and Hispanic fine arts traditions energized these European traditions of painting—this energy continues into the 21st century, and New Mexico is home to many contemporary artists.

FACILITIES

For undergraduates the area has multiple large painting and drawing rooms, each outfitted with video projection, sound, and Internet. At the advanced levels, undergraduate students receive their own designated work areas. Graduate students have personal studios in the Art Annex and Mattox Buildings. In addition, all students, depending on their coursework and focus, have access to multiple tools, labs, shops, and technologies, to expand upon elements critical to their work. The John Sommers Gallery features Honors Thesis and Graduate Thesis exhibitions as well as student and faculty curated exhibitions. The College of Fine Arts includes a newly renovated Fine Arts Library, the University Art Museum, and the internationally renowned Tamarind Institute.

FACULTY

Bart Exposito

Bart Exposito

Associate Professor

I was born in Amarillo, Texas and completed my education at the California Institute of the Arts. Since this time, approaching two decades now, I have worked as an artist and educator residing primarily...

Baochi Zhang

Baochi Zhang

Associate Professor

Baochi Zhang was born and raised in China. He received his formal art education there shortly after the Cultural Revolution ended. In 1986, Zhang received...

Raychael Stine

Raychael Stine

Assistant Professor

Raychael Stine holds a BA from The University of Texas at Dallas and an MFA from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Stine’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including, Art Palace Gallery...

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Associate Professor

Scott Anderson (born Urbana, IL 1973) received a BFA from Kansas State University in 1997, a MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in...

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