Department of Painting + Printmaking

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The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking is a vibrant community centered on both practice and research. Students build skills in painting, drawing and printmaking but are also given opportunities to participate in an expanded field that includes socially engaged practices, creative coding, video, performance and more. We offer both BFA and MFA degrees in addition to interdisciplinary models of education in partnership with other areas across the university. Alumni from this program have gone on to careers as artists, teachers, gallerists, curators, arts administrators and master printers.

Painting + Printmaking also offers a range of public programs including lectures and studio visits with artists, curators and critics, exhibitions and open studios.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking

The Department of Painting and Printmaking is a vibrant community that prepares students to be professional artists and participate in a wide range of roles in the field of contemporary art. Our studio program is like a laboratory, where you’ll investigate and redefine your personal vision and its relationship to visual culture.

A student working on a print in the lithography studio.

Minor in painting and printmaking

The minor in painting and printmaking provides basic and advanced training in both material disciplines, with access to the same facilities used by students in the major.

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Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and printmaking

Ranked among the top graduate painting programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the MFA painting and printmaking program at VCUarts fosters intensive studio practice in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital media.

Statement on cultural equity, diversity and inclusion

The Department of Painting + Printmaking is committed to the principle of cultural equity and empowering a just, inclusive, and equitable community. We support thoughtful, informed and inclusive action, and are committed to empowering community values in which individuals of different perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and social identities feel safe and welcomed.

Caitlin Cherry stands in front of a painting, talking to students and visitors

Public programs

Painting + Printmaking hosts a range of lectures and exhibitions by artists, curators, critics and current students.


Our alumni are made up of world-renowned artists, scholars, curators, educators and more.

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