Randal Thurston

Professor & Chair, Art & Design

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Program Director, Foundation Studies & Fine Arts

Teaching Philosophy

My primary goal is to help every student I work with speak in a clear and distinct voice. This involves making my students aware of and conversant in the history of art and the mechanics of their craft. It is achieved through combining the expressed and implied curriculums in such a way that there is a maximum opportunity for the students to develop as individuals while understanding they are part of a larger community. In many ways the most significant and practical legacy of their education is the self-critical viewpoint that is developed through rigorous critique and a thorough understanding of studio practice.


  • MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University
  • BFA, Southeastern Massachusetts University

Recent Professional Highlights

  • 2014: Participating Artist, Green Line Extension Integrated Art Program
  • 2013: Still Life Lives!, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
  • 2012: Contemporary Drawing with South Coast Connections, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
  • 2011: Cannot be Described in Words: Drawing Expanded, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
  • 2010: As Above, So Below, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA
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Courses Taught

  • ADFA 400 Fine Arts Internship
  • ADFA HS372 Fine Arts Seminar II
  • ADFA S201 Drawing: Language of Light
  • ADFA S220 Drawing: Shifting Scales
  • ADFA S241 Painting Studio
  • ADFA S242 Sculpture Studio
  • ADFA S251 Printmaking Studio
  • ADFA S344 Advanced Drawing Issues
  • ADFA S345 Advanced Printmaking
  • ADFA S361 Figure Studio: 2D