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
These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.
Theses/Dissertations from 2017
The past is today, Afra Al Dhaheri
Surface, object, space, Susan Doe
Humor and allegory, Christopher Goodale
Art loser, Laura Jasek
The little girl (kinda), Hanna Kim
A theatrical life : negotiating biracial identity, Timothy Lai
The farce of the frame, Dominic Musa
Anthro/post/cene, Sofia Ortiz
Theses/Dissertations from 2016
Interior mountains & distant clouds, Ping Zheng
Theses/Dissertations from 2015
Make every day count: longing, vision, & painting, Sarah R. Pater