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Painting prepares students to engage in an individual search for meaning and cultural representation through developing strong visual skills, critical reasoning abilities, and broad  historical and social knowledge.

Work by Student Artist Laura Nelsen
Work by Student Artist Laura Nelsen

The first courses in the Painting sequence provide lessons in the technical use of materials along with current painting trends and significant techniques from past centuries. Professional expertise is not simply technical training; it is also the development of critical judgment and historical perspective required for convergent thinking. Advanced Painting courses help you develop purpose, direction, and confidence, along with the critical and technical skills necessary to express ideas as a professional artist.


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Art Major, B.F.A.


Work by Student Artist Laura Nelsen
Work by Student Artist Laura Nelsen



Students enrolled in all levels of coursework in Painting have access to professional grade Klopfenstein easels and a large painting storage room outfitted with metal storage units for various size works. Advanced Painting students have access to individual lockable taborets. The studio is equipped with a stationary electric miter saw and many hand tools to build stretcher bars or other structural supports. In addition, two-computer stations allow students the opportunity to access the internet for research and scanning imagery.



Carlos Fresquez

Carlos Fresquez
Professor - Painting Area Coordinator


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Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.

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Directory Profile


Carlos Frésquez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he still resides. He received a BA from Metropolitan State College in 1980 and a MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is the area coordinator of Painting.

He has exhibited his artwork in over 30 U.S. states and in ten different countries, including China, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Czech Republic and Russia. Carlos has lectured about Chicano Art history and his own artwork at many colleges, universities, galleries and art centers including: The Bronx Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, The Albuquerque Museum and The National Museum of American Art in Washington DC.

He has been included in many touring exhibitions, including: Arte Caliente, traveling the U.S. (2005-2007); The Colorado Artist Fellowship Awards Exhibition- touring the state (1997); The Chicano Codices; Encountering Art of the Americas, which toured the American southwest (1992-1994); Rasquachismo; Chicano Aesthetics, which toured the state of Arizona (1988-1989); and the groundbreaking exhibition CARA - Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, which traveled nationally (1990-1993). His work is in many museum collections including: The Albuquerque Museum of Art; The Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; The Nelson Museum of Fine Art, Tempe AZ; The Fort Wayne Museum of Art; Museo del Barrio, NY and the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL.

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