Painting majors should be able to use painting as a means to explore ideas and within which to develop a “voice”. This will be achieved not by simply creating assignments where students learn to develop rendered images from observation, but from creating opportunities and strategies for students to see the development of work that reflects their individual ideas and the facility and familiarity with materials and techniques that best express their thinking. There should be a developing understanding, as the students progress through the painting courses, of the ways in which artists project and evolve a personal point of view through the various choices each artist makes in the quality of their paint surfaces, materials used, what is included and omitted from an image, placement within a composition, conceptual ideas and concerns, etc. This will be achieved by seeing many examples of traditional and contemporary painting and related works of art in their classes along with discussions about those works. As the student progresses through the levels of painting courses, a distinct point of view should begin to be evident in the work that will culminate in a cohesive body of work expressing a focus and displaying competence in using various painting materials and surfaces and an understanding of presentation options.

The beginning Painting program at UT Arlington focuses on competencies in drawing/rendering, use of traditional painting materials and techniques, and sound painting processes and safety concerns with references and acknowledgements to art history. There is an emphasis placed on the student's ability to evaluate the formal aspects of a painting during studio working time and in critique where students are encouraged to actively participate in articulating their thoughts and ideas.

As the student progresses through the levels of the curriculum, there are more opportunities and expectations of personal expression and exploration of materials and ideas. Painting students are strongly encouraged to approach painting in an exploratory manner using a variety of painting techniques and mixed media while stressing process as a way to develop ideas. Students are exposed to the work of contemporary painters through informal class discussions, group visits to the local museums where they can view international and regional artists, and required student presentations.

Some assignments at the advanced painting level require students to use alternative materials or formats in conjunction with painting to explore a more contemporary approach to the medium. Advanced students are also required to develop a cohesive body of work that reflects a professional presentation and an artist statement that articulates that work. In conjunction with their major assignments, advanced students produce small paintings/studies or journals that explore and generate ideas, materials and or techniques in a more spontaneous and less formal presentation and research contemporary painters and painting techniques and materials for informal or formal presentations.

There is an active group of painting students enrolled in the program who participate in exhibitions in the student gallery and exhibition spaces in the region and beyond. Current and recent former students have exhibited with these institutions, publications and galleries:

Francisco Moreno (former student) was featured in New American Paitings #99 MFA Annual and was exhibited in a solo show “Las Notocias” at Curbs in Westbury, NY

Corey Gossett (former undergrad student and graduate student) was exhibited in a solo show “There”s No sun Shining Through”, Feb. 2011, which he won competitively as the winner of an earlier regional exhibition at Gallery 76102 in Fort Worth, TX.

Casey Arguilles and Stuart Hausman (former students) were finalists for the Hunting Prize in 2011.

Kendra Briscoe(former student and current graduate student at SMU) was invited to participate in the exhibition, “Bridged” in spring 2012 in Dallas, TX

Alyssa Hawkins and Elaine Torribio (former student) were invited to exhibit in a show titled “Content” at Gallery 414 in Oct. 2011, Fort Worth, TX.

Chaitra Linehan (former student), exhibited in a solo show, “For the Birds”, at Mighty Fine Arts in Sept. 2011, Dallas, TX.

Alan Siggers created a solo installation titled, “Home is Where the Art Is, Was, Could Be”, in Gallery West, UTA, Oct. 2011.

Alyssa Hawkins, Melissa Meyer and Aspen Polvi created an exhibition for Gallery West, UTA, titled “Darling”, Oct., 2011.

Heather Braman and Celia Cortez were invited to exhibit their work in a group exhibition titled, “This and That”, at the Atrium Gallery at the UNT health Science Center in Oct., 2011, Fort Worth, TX.

Kapil Dixit-former student-currently runs a gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal. He exhibited his controversial paintings “Expression of Repression”, about homosexuals at Cafe Brown Sugar in Jhamshikhel, Nepal in Feb. 2011 and they were reviewed in The Himalayan Times.

Alyssa Hawkins and Celia Cortez exhibited their paintings in a a show titled, “Constant”, in Gallery West, UTA, in Feb., 2012.

Loretta Gonzalez (former student) was chosen for a national juried competition, “Laluzapalooza” out of over 9000 submissions in Los Angeles, CA, Feb., 2012

Celia Cortez was chosen as one of the winners of the Art and Ideas competition in spring 2012.

Maria Luciano was included in a three-person exhibition at Kiva Gallery, Mountain View College showcasing student achievement in summer 2012.

Sarabeth May was one of two students chosen in a competition to refurbish and redesign one of the campus horse sculptures in summer 2012.

UTA Painting majors have been accepted to graduate programs at Pratt, San Francisco Art Institute, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The Art Institute of Boston, Kendall College of Art and Design, Florida International University, Southwestern Medical School of Medical Illustration, New Mexico State in Las Cruces, MICA, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, The University of North Texas and the University of Texas at San Antonio.


  • Fully equipped wood shop area for building painting supports
  • Easels and rolling carts for use in the painting studios
  • Equipment/dedicated area for encaustic painting

Painting Faculty

Yana Payusova

Area Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Benito Huerta


Sedrick Huckaby

Associate Professor

Benjamin Terry

Senior Lecturer


Fundamentals of painting, composition and techniques both traditional and contemporary. Prerequisite: ART 1305 and 1307 or permission of the instructor.

Transparent and opaque water color media and techniques. Emphasis on conceptual and manipulative skills. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 1307 or permission of the instructor.

Continued development of painting techniques, composition and exploration of traditional and contemporary media. Specific problem solving assignments, creative thinking, and idea development will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 2308, 2371 or permission of the instructor.

Students will be encouraged to develop a personal direction which complements their development as visual thinkers. The student will be required to plan a course outline of conceptual development with the instructor at the beginning of each semester. May be repeated for credit. Student must earn a grade of “B” or above in the course to repeat it. Prerequisite: ART 2308, ART 2371 and a grade of B or above in ART 3371 or permission of the instructor. Transfer students will be required to schedule a portfolio review with the painting instructor to gain permission to enroll in the class.

Contemporary Portraiture will explore new ways of approaching the portrait in the 21st century. While drawing and painting are the predominate media, multimedia will also be explored. Through class lectures and presentations the class will learn about different contemporary artists who use portraiture as an expressive form of art. In the first assignment traditional things like facial anatomy and achieving a likeness, proportions and formal rigor will be discussed and executed.

This class involves learning the complexities of painting directly from a model. The students will use traditional painting, planar painting and hybrid styles in their work. Oils, acrylic and various drawing media will be the selected material while canvas, cradle panels, paper and drafting vellum are the various supports/surfaces. Students are expected to learn anatomical vocabulary, anatomical features and how to draw a structurally correct figure. Students are also expected to achieve concise similarities in color, form, values, space, etc. All formal and compositional concerns will be considered and are an essential aspect of the coarse. The students will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary figurative artist. Students will learn traditional and contemporary approaches to figure painting as well.

This class for Advanced Painters is meant to be an exploratory approach to using a variety of materials to create contemporary paintings. Everything from traditional oil and acrylic paints to newer polymer mediums, non fine art paints and textural materials, found materials, collage, drawing materials and digitally derived or otherwise printed images and a variety of painting supports/grounds may be incorporated into paintings in this class. It is assumed that the student who enrolls in this class has had experience in developing work that expresses a personal point of view or conceptual idea. You will also be required to write a final artist statement about the body of work you create during the semester.You will be expected to articulately participate in class critiques by discussing the formal, technical and conceptual merits and deficiencies of your work and that of your classmates in the spirit of learning to become a better painter. You will also be expected to participate in exploring ideas, techniques and materials with an open mind and a desire to grow as an artist.

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