Painting students at KCAI develop visual and critical skills that allow them to experiment both conceptually and materially. As a painting major, you will develop a visual language based on the creation of a personal process that is not limited by materials but instead is tied together through an understanding of core philosophies.

Shifts in the ways artists have created work over the past 20 years or more have resulted in artists being viewed as cultural workers whose ideas dictate their materials, rather than as creators who are defined by one chosen medium. As a result, experimentation is encouraged, as diversity is a core value of the painting department. This diversity is mirrored in the breadth of expertise in the faculty as well as the richness of the critical dialogue in the departmental community.

As a student in the painting department, you can work within a wide range of visual media, from academic figuration to performance, video and installation. Students are not expected to produce work within a specific style or genre, but are free to create their own lineage, adding their voice to a rich continuum.

You will be instructed in essential traditions, materials and methods, and you will develop a critical dialogue that serves to amplify your individual voice within the universal language of painting. Students leave the painting department with a process that recognizes the edges of the discipline and how the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline form the basis for a wide exploration of ideas and materials.

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Painting Faculty

  • Julie Farstad, associate professor and chair of painting

    Julie Farstad, who joined the KCAI painting faculty in 2005, is primarily a painter who also works in photography, installation,...Read More
  • Warren Rosser, William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting

    Warren Rosser is the William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.His recent solo...Read More
  • Jessie Fisher, associate professor

    Jessie Fisher, who joined the KCAI painting faculty in 2005, holds a B.F...Read More.
  • James Woodfill, assistant professor

    James Woodfill is a 1980 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. He has lived and worked as an artist in Kansas City since his...Read More
  • Corey Antis, assistant professor

    Corey Antis joined the KCAI faculty in 2010. His current work focuses on exploring the experience of space, architecture and time...Read More
  • Jonah Criswell, instructor

    Jonah Criswell was born in Springfield, Mo...Read More.
  • James Brinsfield, lecturer

    James Brinsfield joined the KCAI painting department as a lecturer in 1998. He teaches two studio classes: Language and Perception,...Read More
  • Scott Seebart, lecturer

    Scott Seebart, lecturer in the painting and ceramics departments, has been teaching life painting and life sculpture classes at the...Read More
  • Michael Walling, lecturer

    Michael Walling has exhibited his work widely in the Midwest, including juried shows at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City,...Read More

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