Corey Drieth, M.F.A.

Corey Drieth

Corey Drieth, M.F.A.

Associate Professor & Co-Director, Visual Art Program


Inspired by the natural world, art history, and religious traditions such as Zen Buddhism and Quaker Christianity, my paintings and drawings explore contemplative spiritual experience. My work begins with the basic design and construction materials of gouache and wood. Through the economical use of line, color, texture, and illusion of light and space, I create a visual dialogue between painted surface and wooden substrate. The resonance of this interaction is at once mysterious and intimately familiar, an experience often associated with moments of contemplative insight. Due to my content aspirations, this work belongs within the American tradition of small-scale, non-representational abstraction, with artists like Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Tobey, and Agnes Martin, as some of its precedents.

I believe that experiences of subtle structural beauty can be incredibly valuable. Because they require quietude during a time of de-humanizing speed, clutter, and noise, they serve as both a foil to the frenetic activity of contemporary life and as a method of sustenance within it. Thus, work that inspires such experiences holds an important place in current critical dialogue.



  • M.F.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.F.A. Colorado State University, 2000
  • B.A. in Philosophy / Comparative Religious Studies, Colorado State University, 1992

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Intermediate Drawing

Upper Division

  • Advanced Painting
  • Seminar: Studio Problems

Professional Experience

  • 2008 Small Scale Abstraction, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • Faculty Exhibition, Gallery of Contemporary Art, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Intuitive Geometries, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2007 Double Rubble, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • Tablet, Tanner Hill Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Strictly Painting 6: Color Field Revisited, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
  • Equivalents, San Francisco Studio School, San Francisco, CA
  • Exploring Spirituality, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
  • 2006 Intimate Matter, The Off Grounds Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • 15th Annual National Juried Show, Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
  • Americas 2000, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND
  • Picture This: 10, Exploris Museum, Raleigh, NC