M.F.A. in Painting

Ana FlemingAna Fleming, MFA Reviews, 2019


Painting, with its many traditions, is a medium put to an extraordinary diversity of contemporary uses. The painting program at Notre Dame seeks to foster individual development within the framework of contemporary practice by emphasizing historical, critical and aesthetic concerns.

The M.F.A. in painting is a three-year program that consists primarily of individual studio work and art history classes which culminate in a thesis exhibition. Graduate students work closely with faculty in a 1:1 ratio and formally interact with other M.F.A. students through exhibitions, studio practice and visiting artist seminars.


Martin Lam Nguyen, c.s.c.
Maria Tomasula
Jason Lahr


All students have individual, private studios with windows in Riley Hall as well as open access to a state-of-the-art wood shop, Digital Printing Studio, computer labs with up-to date imaging software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.) and the opportunity to apply for additional funding for travel, residencies, and materials through a variety of funding sources across the University.


The Snite Museum of Art, located on Notre Dame’s campus, regularly mounts both historical and contemporary exhibits.

Chicago, with its rich cultural offerings, is a 90-minute car ride west of campus. Students take advantage of the numerous museum exhibitions, gallery openings, performances, screenings, and other cultural events in the city.

Graduate Scholarships

  • Full tuition waivers for up to three years
  • Generous stipends
  • Teaching experience

Past Visiting Artists, Scholars, and Critics

Bruce Boucher
Charles Ray
Lorna Simpson
Eric Fischl
Tom Friedman
Dave Hickey
Magdalena Abakanowicz
Rosalind Krauss
Tony Tasset
Norman Bryson
Laurie Simmons
Bill Viola
Sandy Skoglund
Peter Voulkos
Francesco Buranelli
Eleanor Heartney
Duane Michals
Dennis Oppenheim
Barbara Ess
Katherine Kuharic
Eduardo Kac
Suzi Gablik
Krzystof Wodiczko
Andy Grundberg
Judy Chicago
Buzz Spector
Gregory Crewdon
Kerry James Marshall
Victor Margolin

Further Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Jason Lahr
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame
322 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673

ph: 574.631.5605
e: jlahr@nd.edu


To Apply

Submit a portfolio of twenty slides through SlideRoom, and send three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and transcripts to The Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to our M.F.A. program. Apply now.

Application Deadline: February 1