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Painting requires an inventive, open-ended approach to image making, perception, and communication. Painting allows one to experiment with the possibilities of light, depth, color relationships and composition in service to the medium. Students of painting will learn how to use materials to the best of their ability in addition to insightfully addressing content in their work.

The painting area at NKU stresses the development of perceptual skills as well as inventive visual expression. Students, at levels appropriate to their abilities, are encouraged to take risks that expand the boundaries of the media, of composition and of conceptual strategies. Successful painting students leave the university with an increased capacity to make artwork that is both relevant and engaging.



The painting studios are well ventilated. All students have access to easels, paint carts, drying racks and storage areas. Upper division students also have access to a spray booth and their own studio space.

A spacious general purpose Painting Studio space (FAC 413) as well as a room for Advanced 2-D Students (FAC 400) are located on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Center. Students using the Painting Studio have access to easels, tables and cabinets as well as individual racks to store paintings. Advanced 2-D students have individual spaces and many students love the community that they build with their neighbors. Room 400 is secure and has a spray booth. Both rooms have multiple sinks, skylights, track lights and fluorescents. Both are also equipped with ventilation systems.


Checklists & Procedures

BFA • Painting Track

The BFA painting track is designed to immerse the student in studio practice. The serious student of painting who wishes to better their craft, plans to attend graduate school, or seeks an in-depth experience in the art of painting should pursue the BFA. The BFA degree is the nationally accepted professional degrees in art and design. These degrees carry a high level of expected growth and involvement on the student’s part. BFA students are not required to earn a minor outside of art and design, so spend more time studying in studios. Upon completion of 60 semester hours* in the university and 27 semester hours in art, majors who intend to apply for admission to the BFA degree option should register for ART 297 Portfolio Review. ART 297 Portfolio Review is the mechanism for faculty to review student portfolios so they may be admitted into the BFA program. All BFA majors are guaranteed a senior exhibition at NKU.


Minor • Art

The minor in art is meant to give students an introduction to understanding many of the disciplines in art and design. Students take a condensed version of the art foundations core and course electives from many of art disciplines of their choosing with the art minor.

Painting Faculty

Kevin Muente
Kevin Muente
Office: FA 419 | (859) 572-5450
Denise Wellbrock Ayers
Denise Wellbrock Ayers
Visiting Lecturer
Office: FA 419 | (859) 572-5450


Career Paths

Careers in art and design are ripe with opportunities. The 21st century multi-media explosion along with the emergence of the web, smart phones and digital tablets has created opportunities for designers and artists like never before. Business and cultural organizations across the planet need compelling visual content for these modern technologies. Combined with new tools such as 3D printing the creative class is helping to revolutionize our world. Here are possible paths your NKU Art & Design education will prepare you for...



Art Consultant

Art Critic/Writer

Art Director

Art Historian, Art Law Specialist

Art Lecturer/Visiting Scholar

Arts Management

Art Supervisor

Art Teacher


Arts Organization Administrator

Auction House Assistant

Book Illustrator, Technical/Production

Commercial Serigrapher/Silkscreener


Costume Designer

Curator - Corporate, Museum, University

Development/Grant Writer

Digital Imaging

Director of Visual Arts Program

Environmental Graphics

Exhibition Coordinator

Exhibition Designer

Fabric and Textile Designer

Fashion Photographer

Fine Arts Appraiser

Font Designer

Foundry Owner/Operator

Furniture Designer

Freelance Photographer

Gallery Director

Graphic Designer - Advertising, Corporate


Master Printer/Print Studio Owner

Model Maker

Multi-media Designer/Artist


Museum Educator/Researcher

Package Designer, Product Designer

Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker

Portrait Painter/Sculptor

Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician

Photography Lab Technician

Professor of Art/Design


Restorer, Conservator

Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator

Special Effects Artist

Set Designer


Toy Manufacturer and Designer

TV/Video/Film, Cinematography

User Interface Designer

Urban Graphics Designer

Visual Resources Curator

Web Designer, Webmaster