Painting Masters Theses

 

The MFA program in Painting emphasizes critical and artistic growth through the evolution of a rigorous studio practice. While a shared passion for the history and craft of painting binds the department together, professors are committed to assisting each student in developing his or her own vision, supporting an enormous diversity of formal and conceptual approaches, painting styles and interests.

In the final semester, degree candidates focus on creating a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All MFA candidates produce a written thesis and participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

“We keep the graduate program in Painting open-ended as a reflection the department’s philosophy as a whole. The idea is to help students work better and develop practices that will serve them well for life—beyond their studio explorations here at RISD.”

Graduate Program Director: Kevin Zucker

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Addicts of nostalgia, Samuel Robert Campbell Drake

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Personal analysis of the relationship of artist to the subject in figurative painting, Zuhal Feraidon

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Spontaneous laughter, laughter without reason, Evan Gilbert

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Looking for, Dylan Hurwitz

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The line that splits, Zahra Jewanjee

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The person-less portrait, Katelyn Ledford

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Where we are : where we thought we were going, Nathan Prebonick

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Domestic disorientation, Marisa Adesman

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To see again, Ada Goldfeld

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Sky well, Molly Kaderka

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Tightrope walking on the red lines, Arghavan Khosravi

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Left hand stories, Saif Mhaisen

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Pienso en ti, Gina Gwen Palacios

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In a distant land, Ohad Sarfaty

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The past is today, Afra Al Dhaheri

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Surface, object, space, Susan Doe

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Humor and allegory, Christopher Goodale

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Art loser, Laura Jasek

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The little girl (kinda), Hanna Kim

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From Florine to flocking : observations of a painter - printmaker - embellisher, Elizabeth King

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A theatrical life : negotiating biracial identity, Timothy Lai

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The farce of the frame, Dominic Musa

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Anthro/post/cene, Sofia Ortiz

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Interior mountains & distant clouds, Ping Zheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Make every day count: longing, vision, & painting, Sarah R. Pater