Drawing & Painting

The emphasis in the Painting and Drawing Department provides students the opportunity to study the historical centers of the genre while exploring the practice’s current periphery. By building upon the long history of mark making, the department encourages students to explore and scrutinize the medium to develop a personal voice within a contemporary context.  Students complete the emphasis with an overall understanding of the discipline of painting and drawing, and they establish a personal direction based on their studio research and practice, and demonstrate the confidence to defend their finished works.  


Painting and Drawing students will:

  • Have an understanding of painting options with color, media and format.  
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge in the traditions, conventions, and evolutions of painting with a focus on oil painting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the basic principles to a specific aesthetic intent.
  • Have an understanding of the various expressive possibilities of painting to include representational, conceptual, and abstract approaches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of consistent, personal direction, artistic independence and style.

 All emphases provide the following outcomes:

  • Understand basic design principles, particularly as related to their chosen emphasis.
  • Understand the place in which the emphasis exists within the history of art, design, and culture.
  • The ability to use materials, equipment, and library resources related to their study.
  • The ability to work competently within the studio environment, with knowledge of practices to ensure their safety.
  • The ability to demonstrate functional knowledge of basic business practices specific to their chosen emphasis.
  • Completion of a final project that demonstrates facility in the emphasis




Daniel Rios Rodriguez - Faculty (Painting)
Daniel received his MFA (Painting and Printmaking) from the Yale School of Art and his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He exhibits his work regularly both nationally and internationally with recent group and solo exhibition in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles and Dublin, Ireland. Daniel is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in NYC and Kerlin Gallery in Dublin Ireland and has forthcoming shows in both NYC and Dublin in 2018.

Chris Sauter - Director of Foundations and Special Courses; Interim Department Chair and Professor
Chris holds a B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word and an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has exhibited across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. His works have been featured at The Kohler Art Center; the Musee d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne, France; The Drawing Center, NY; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; and PS1, New York. Chris was recently a Blue Star Contemporary Resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

Gregory Alan Johnson - Studio Manager and Professor (Drawing, Painting and Printmaking)
Greg holds an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Texas Tech University -Corpus Christi and a BFA with a concentration in Printmaking from Texas A&M University. His delicately rendered drawings were recently in a solo exhibition at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX.

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Chris Sauter - Interim Department Chair

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