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Painting as a means of visual expression traces its roots to the dawn of human history. And it’s been a vital part of that history. Painting styles have played significant roles in our civilization’s major periods—think the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Romantic Movement—and yet the discipline remains as relevant and important today as it ever has. And you can add your voice to that progression.

Alex Kukalis BFA ’13 with paintings

Whether your style is realistic, impressionist, or abstract, or anything in between, Keene State’s art program encourages your development. You’ll gain the confidence, technical skills, and creative maturity you’ll need to grow as an artist, and your professors encourage both the freedom and discipline necessary for you to become a serious painter.

You’ll also find the Art & Design Department to be a supportive, engaged community where you’ll feel comfortable and free to to express your ideas.

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December 19, 2017 –

During her senior year at Keene State, Elizabeth Gallacher ’17 set out to undertake a series of paintings of the nude female figure. She turned to the model whose poses she captured in her artwork to set the tone.

“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and cultures,” Gallacher wrote…

July 20, 2017 –

Among the many extraordinary first-year students coming to Keene State this fall will be two young women from Nepal. Puja Thapa and Benajil Rai have received scholarships, thanks to the partnership between Keene State and the Nepal-based Little Sisters Fund . The Little Sisters Fund has been working since 1998…

June 19, 2017 –

Hailing from Bow, New Hampshire, newly minted graphic design BFA (with a minor in studio art) Chandler Ives ’17 was recently hired by Calypso Communications, an integrated creative and public relations agency with offices in Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine. Ives will bring his web design and animation talents to…

January 20, 2017 –

Each year, Associate Professor of Art Randall Hoyt designs a card and animation for Svigals + Partners Architects  that expresses the essence of the New Haven, Connecticut, firm’s philosophy. Over Christmas break, Prof. Hoyt set up a temporary studio in the Media Arts Center and created Together!, an engaging stop-motion…

January 17, 2017 –

When Keene State senior Samantha Moore returned home to Fair Lawn, New Jersey, for the semester break, she didn’t come empty-handed. In addition to a load of laundry, books, and her pink laptop, the graphic design major had a stack of The Equinox, the College’s student newspaper.

While her parents…