Texas Tech University

MFA: Painting Concentration

MFA student Jessie Dodington working on a large painting

The School of Art offers an in-residence Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with a concentration in Painting. This three-year degree program, comprised of 60 hours minimum, enables rigorous development in both studio research and art history. 

Our program propels graduate student research to new heights. We value critical thinking and experimentation among our MFA students, and provide academic mentorship and resources to augment their practice. Courses in art history and critical theory further stimulate this development. Each graduate student's degree plan will culminate in a rich thesis paper, lecture, and exhibition, presented to the faculty, student body, and community at large.

Accepted MFA students will be considered for teaching opportunities, such as Teaching Assistant or Graduate Part-Time Instructor. Texas Tech Landmark Arts Galleries, as well as Lubbock's vibrant arts district and community, are rife with opportunities for group shows and collaborative partnerships.

Studio spaces are provided for graduate students, and are approximately 200 square feet of space. Additionally, students have access to a woodshop, 3D scanner, computer lab, and visual resource center.

Graduate students may have access to financial assistance through teaching assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships.


Andrew W. Martin (MFA)
Carol Flueckiger (MFA)
Ghislaine Fremaux (MFA)
Boryana Rusenova Ina (MFA)

Graduate Students

Sara Drescher: Second Year
Hurieh Heravi: Second Year
Madeline Hernandez: Third Year
Rebecca Lascano: Second Year
Devin Ratheal: Second Year


Ashley Busby
Alberto Careaga
Hannah Dean
Jessie Dodington
Michael Emerson
Sahar Fattahi
Kristy Kristinek
Jeramiah Macha
Zach Morriss
Yasaman Moussavi
Patrick Quarm
Samantha Resendez
Kelly Reyna
Allen Smith

Student Work

Painting by Alberto Careaga, MFA 2015Painting by Alexis McGrigg, MFA 2017 Painting by Ashley Busby, MFA 2016Painting by Devin Ratheal, MFA 2021 (expected)Painting by Hannah Dean, MFA 2015Painting by Jessie Dodington, MFA 2019Painting by Patrick Quarm, MFA 2018Painting by Sahar Fattahi, MFA 2020Painting by Yasaman Moussavi, MFA 2015Painting by Zach Moriss, MFA 2017