Apr 11, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Fine Arts 2D

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The Fine Arts 2D Department comprises programs in painting and printmaking. After exposure to a broad range of ideas and techniques, students in both programs work individually with faculty mentors to develop their own direction and aesthetic values. As proof of its commitment to fostering creative independence, MassArt offers undergraduate and graduate students their own workstations.

Because discipline is key to the pursuit of both painting and printmaking, students devote ten hours per week to class time and an additional six to twelve hours per week in their studios.

The painting program instills in students the knowledge and critical faculties necessary to develop a personal, expressive direction. Students in the painting program begin by learning the most essential techniques of painting, from stretching canvas to representing pictorial space on a flat ground. Because drawing is essential to the development of student work, two semesters of drawing are required in addition to the major studios. A student must take either two semesters of Drawing for Painting Majors, two semesters of Drawing into Print, or one of each. These courses are used to establish links between the instinct to draw, and the conceptual and physical processes that form the basis of painting. As students progress through the program, they are introduced to advanced painting techniques and processes, with an emphasis on theme development and experimentation with the form and content of painting. The central structure of the program is built on individual and group critiques. Painting majors are given their own individual space in a communal studio space. The FA2D department provides Painting students with the benefits of a solid foundation within traditional and contemporary discourse, and the opportunity to evolve as part of a collaborative community. It is invested in fostering a wide range of sensibilities, and promotes each student’s critical responsiveness and independence. Students meet for ten hours of class time each week, and are expected to work in their studios for an additional six to twelve hours per week. They work in groups of sixteen or less in the same studio area, sharing ideas and resources. Critiques, slide lectures, and visiting artist presentations also are important components of the program.

Painting Courses teach basic painting techniques, from stretching canvas to representing pictorial space on a flat ground, as well as advanced processes for developing themes and experimenting with the form and content of painting. Critiques, slide lectures, and visiting artist presentations complement studio time.

The printmaking program introduces students to a range of traditional techniques, while encouraging experimentation with a combination of processes and formats. Students in the printmaking program take one course in painting, and courses in etching, lithography, silkscreen, photographic print processes, and drawing. They also learn monotype and woodcut, as well as color separation for digital techniques. In a 9,000-square-foot common studio, students benefit from individualized attention from faculty and exposure to ideas generated by their classmates. Printmakers are required to take one semester of drawing in addition to the major studios and electives; a student must take either Drawing into Print or Drawing for Painting Majors. Junior and senior printmaking majors meet together with their instructors for ten hours per week. In the fall and spring semesters, sophomore majors participate in a 3-credit studio seminar. An active visiting artist program provides supplemental workshops and technical demonstrations, as well as individual critiques. In addition, the annual Master Print Series affords an opportunity for students to collaborate with classmates, faculty, and a visiting artist to produce professional-level editions for the artist. The series usually occurs over an intense four-day period and involves complex problem-solving, including the layering of multiple techniques.


Printmaking Courses instruct students in etching, lithography, silkscreen, and photographic print processes as well as drawing. Students also learn to apply the latest computer technology and materials, including digital imaging and color separation, to augment traditional printmaking approaches.


Fine Arts 2D Faculty

James Cambronne, Professor
BA, Augustana College
MFA, Yale University

Catarina Coelho, Visiting Lecturer
MA, University of Lisbon, Portugal
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Stuart Diamond, Professor
BFA, Pratt Institute

Randy Garber, Visiting Lecturer
BA, Boston University
MLA, University of Wisconsin

Nona Hershey, Professor
BFA, Tyler School of Art / Temple University
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Rome

Kofi Kayiga, Professor
BFA, The Edna Manley College of the Visual And Performing Arts/Jamaica School of Art
MA, Royal College of Art

Andree Leduc, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Concordia University, Montreal
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Peter Wayne Lewis, Professor
BA, San Jose State University
MA, San Jose State University

Fred Liang, Professor
BFA, University of Manitoba
MFA, Yale University

Susan Metrican, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Elizabeth Mooney, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Lesley College of Art & Design
MFA, California College of the Arts

Carolyn Muskat, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
Tamarind Master, Tamarind Institute

Candice Smith Corby, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Tyler School of Art / Temple University
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Jessica Tam, Assistant Professor
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MFA, Yale University

John Thompson, Visiting Lecturer
BFA, Syracuse University
MA, University of Wisconsin
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Roger Tibbetts, Professor
Diploma in Art, Wolverhampton College of Art
Higher Diploma in Art, Chelsea School of Art
MFA, Yale University


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