Herring (1887–1969), who founded the art department in 1922, and Lois Mailou Jones (1905–1998).
Woodsey Thomas was the first Fine Arts major to graduate.
In recent years the field of art research has become wider and polymorphous. The first concerns the development and strengthening of artistic research in art academies since the late 1990’s.
Today artistic research has become an umbrella term that covers all kinds of art research, especially research that concerns contemporary art.
Like Action Painting, the Color Field artists treat the surface of a canvas or paper as a "field" of vision, without a central focus, and emphasize the flatness of the surface.