About the Department

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. In addition, both BFA and MFA students have a number of opportunities to travel to exciting destinations including Berlin, Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York. All students have the opportunity to participate in the annual program to Peru run each summer.