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Fine Arts

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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Painting Concentration

Painting I students learn the essentials of painting, while focusing on traditional representational painting methods. Painting II builds on the fundamentals while focusing on contemporary painting approaches, including experimentation and abstraction. Students dive deep into researching other painters’ methods and motivations from the past and present in Painting III, while creating a body of work inspired by historically significant painters. Projects in Painting and Advanced Painting students narrow their focus while working to develop a personal body of work. In addition to the required painting classes, additional classes are occasionally offered to broaden students’ painting experiences including, Figure Painting, Watercolor, Mural Painting, Independent Study in Painting, and Internship in Painting.


Derek Wilkinson


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Be part of something great

At ESU, students take an active role in developing the cultural experience of Emporia. You’ll get opportunities to display your work, both within your department and to the wider Emporia State and Emporia communities. Our campus galleries, the Norman R. Eppink and the Gilson Memorial Gallery hold student and faculty exhibits throughout the semester that are open to the public. In the Emporia community, the First Friday Art Walk, started by alum Kaila Mock, often features student work.

Student painting

Painting studio

The painting studio is equipped with easels, and taborets for each student, a utility sink, shelves for storing palettes, as well as storage/drying racks with a built in ventilation system. Three of the studio walls are designed to display paintings and are illuminated by track lights.

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Scholarships are available to you throughout your artistic career at Emporia State. You may be eligible for talent awards from the Department of Art and general ESU scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Services.


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King Hall 010D