Claudia Bitrán


Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

BFA, Universidad Catolica de Chile. MFA, Rhode Island School of Design.  Bitrán, who works primarily through painting and video, has exhibited individually at Cristin Tierney Gallery in NY (2022), Walter Storms Galerie in Munich (2020-2021), Spring Break Art Show in NY (2020), Muhlenberg College Gallery (2018-2019) and Practice Gallery in PA (2018), Brooklyn Bridge Park in NY (2018), Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico (2017), and Museo de Artes Visuales in Santiago Chile (2016), among others. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and screenings internationally. Bitrán has held residencies at Pioneer Works (2021), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (2014), Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (2016), Smack Mellon Studio Program (2017), Outpost Projects (2018), and Pioneer Works (2020-2021). Grants and awards include: The New York Trust Van Lier Fellowship; Hammersley Grant, Emergency Grant for Artists Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Jerome Foundation Grant for Emerging Filmmakers; first prize, Britney Spears Dance Challenge; first prize, UFO McDonald’s Painting Competition; first honorable mention, Bienal de Artes Mediales, Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile. She currently teaches in the painting departments at Rhode Island School of Design and at Pratt Institute and is a guest critic at NYC Crit Club in NY and at SIA in Beijing. SLC, 2022-

Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023

Visual and Studio Arts

Intro to Painting

Open, Seminar—Fall and Spring

In this introduction to painting course, students will learn about color and composition through observation and imagination, exploring value, intensity, hue, temperature, vectors, edges, shapes, translating volume to a 2D surfac, and more. Projects will focus on direct observation from still life, collage, the live model, and imagination. Students will learn the basics of painting: using acrylic paint and other water soluble painting materials, mixing and desaturating paint colors on a palette, and using a variety of brushes and mediums. Demos and dynamic in-class exercises will be the pillar of this experience. Students will develop basic knowledge of art history and contemporary painting through thematic slide lectures and assignments.


Painting Pop

Open, Concept—Fall

In this experimental studio class, we will explore how to digest, appropriate, reconfigure, and rewrite popular media, using mostly, but not limited to, painting, drawing, and collage and open to video, animation, sculpture, and performance. We will examine how artists operate as consumers,  catalysts, motors, and destroyers of TV, film, music, social media, and advertisement. Slideshows, readings, and presentations will exemplify the tight relationship between art and popular media throughout history and contemporary art and will serve as inspiration for students to create their own works. Students will be encouraged to deconstruct their own spectacles of adoration and critique and celebrate images that are impactful to them. We will promote generative group conversations, studio time, experimentation, collaboration, creativity, and improvisation.