Student painting in studio with paintings on the wall.

Painting majors at RISD engage in an individual search for meaning and cultural representation by honing strong visual skills, critical reasoning and an understanding of broad historical and social contexts. Faculty embrace a wide range of aesthetic attitudes and offer flexible programs, while openly examining, exchanging, challenging and refining ideas rooted in painting traditions.


After RISD, Painting alumni go on to pursue a wide range of interests in the art world. Those who establish gallery connections are able to work as studio artists, but the paths people choose often lead to other creative work as curators, critics, performance artists, arts administrators, gallery owners, event planners, set designers, illustrators and much more…