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Elder, Brian

Chairperson/Professor - Painting/Drawing



A native of New Hampshire, Brian Elder worked many jobs including painting houses, setting up telephone service, and janitorial work before starting college at the age of 28. After receiving his MFA from Indiana University he taught in New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York before coming to CMU to teach drawing and painting in 2002. 

Recent scholarship

Solo Exhibitions include the Halka Art Project in Turkey, Westjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Rochester, Indiana University-East, Blackburn College, Cazenovia College and Delta College.​

More about Brian Elder

MFA: 1996, Indiana University
BFA: 1994, University of New Hampshire
  • Painting
  • Drawing & mixed media artworks that investigate ideas of travel and geography in relation to personal metaphor​ ​  

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Painting
  • Painting Studio
  • Advanced Painting Studio
  • Drawing in Florence
  • Intro to Drawing
  • Drawing Studio
  • Advanced Drawing Studio