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. In this three-year degree program, comprised of 60 hours minimum, we offer close academic mentorship, courses in art history and critical theory, and the dialogue of a strong graduate cohort. The Painting faculty seek to foster a departmental culture of support, rigorous critique, and collegiality.

Our program emphasizes the possibility and mutability of contemporary painting practice. We conceive of paintings as sites of spatial, temporal, corporeal, and/or intellectual encounters, all bearing great social, political, and historical import. As such, we value critical thinking and experimentation among our MFA students. Further to this end, MFA candidates may elect a secondary studio concentration (e.g., Sculpture, Printmaking, etc.), expanding their conceptual and material purview. Each MFA candidate's degree plan culminates in a written report, public lecture, and thesis 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, and for financial assistance through scholarships and fellowships. Texas Tech Landmark Arts Galleries, as well as Lubbock's vibrant arts district and community, provide ample opportunity for group shows and collaborative partnerships.

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


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