"I would not be where I am today without the education, opportunities (both in and out of the classroom environment) and experience that I received throughout my time at Marywood University. Most importantly, what stands out to me now are the relationships that I formed with former professors who have become lifelong mentors."

Cynthia Myron

Arts Administrator — Dept. of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University
(BFA Sculpture, Marywood University)


The practice of painting has its origins among the most ancient of human expressions, and has sustained its mysterious potency for thousands of years. Contemporary painting, even in the face of the seductions of technology, remains vital, pluralistic, and integral to our cultural identity.

The Marywood painting program’s diverse faculty of working artists ensures a broad range of ideas and approaches to painting, and individual attention to identify and cultivate your particular interests and strengths. You will gain expertise in the conceptual and technical aspects of the medium, and knowledge that will help you navigate the intricacies and opportunities of the profession. Our graduates have been accepted into highly competitive MFA painting programs including: Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, New York Studio School, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland.

Foundation and intermediate courses are designed to develop and refine your perceptual and technical abilities. Classes focus on problems of pictorial construction and color theory through direct observation of still life, landscape, and the figure. Later, you're encouraged to engage in a more personal exploration of the conceptual and material possibilities of painting, driven by your own affinities and imagination.

At the advanced level, faculty-to-student interaction is primarily one-on-one as you develop more focused interests and a more concise and personal visual vocabulary. Painting majors work in semi-private partitioned studios, to develop the processes and deep commitment that will translate into successful professional practice. Studio work is supported by regular group critiques and periodic faculty reviews. Frequent trips to galleries and museums in New York City, and an ongoing program of distinguished visiting artists foster an active dialogue with contemporary and historical art and artists.

Download the course sequence sheet for a breakdown of classes each semester.

Painting majors are encouraged to apply for a semester of study abroad at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. This unique program provides a first-hand experience of the richness of cultural history and the global nature of art activity.

For more information about our painting program, contact Steve Alexander at salexander@marywood.edu.