Graduate Painting and Drawing

The graduate painting and drawing program at BGSU promotes the idea of a synergistic relationship between self-expression and the craft of painting and drawing. Within this context, the flexibility necessary for students to conduct research and develop their unique visual language is given priority. Faculty members align themselves with the student's direction, and serve to guide them to achieve their stated goals.

Students are encouraged to broaden their artistic scope with accompanying courses from related areas. Moreover, self-motivation and a commitment to the studio are desired core traits, considered necessary for a student's development and ultimate success. Graduate painters accepted into the MFA program are provided with about 250 square feet of space with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. A wing of the Fine Arts Center is dedicated to 2-D studios creating a dynamic atmosphere of close contact and cooperation among the students.

Painting and drawing course are taught in spacious, modern studios. The main studio measures over 2,500 square feet. Two more studios, each half in size, sit adjacent and along with graduate studios make up the painting and drawing wing. All rooms boast north light and high ceilings and are furnished with the tools, materials and equipment necessary for a productive work environment. The woodshop contains all of the power tools necessary for building stretchers, panels and frames.

For more information on available facilities, please check our Facilities page.

The Graduate Arts Organization exists to support student-initiated projects that enhance graduate education.  Students invite visiting artists and organize trips of specific interest to graduate students. All graduate students, full-time or part-time, are invited to participate. Each year students elect a President and a Treasurer, as well as a representative to the Graduate Student Senate. The Graduate Coordinator serves as advisor to the group.

Brandon Briggs

Brandon Briggs

Position: Instructor, Painting
Phone: 419-372-4550
Address: 127 FAC


Mille Guldbeck

Position: Professor, Painting
Phone: 419-372-9319
Address: 116B FAC

Charles Kanwischer

Charles Kanwischer

Position: Professor, Drawing, Associate Director
Phone: 419-372-9395
Address: 1004 FAC

gordon ricketts

Gordon Ricketts

Position: Senior Lecturer, Drawing & Painting
Phone: 419-372-0558
Address: 125 FAC

dennis wojtkiewicz

Dennis Wojtkiewicz

Position: Professor, Area Head, Drawing & Painting
Phone: 419-372-2609
Address: 114 FAC

MFA students in painting have opportunities to become professional artists or work commercially in art related fields. The MFA program in Painting prepares students to work in any art related field that requires a good understanding of color, composition, concept development, and art production. Some graduates go on to become illustrators, gallery directors, studio artists, teachers, community art directors, etc.

Students who graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree are qualified to teach at institutions of higher education such as universities and community colleges. Galleries and regional arts councils often require MFA degree for various positions. The program also prepares students to exhibit work at galleries and museums.

Student Work