The Drawing Program at UAF serves as foundation for all studio art courses. Emphasis is on representational drawing skills with attention to historical and contemporary conventions as well as abstraction and conceptual work. Life Drawing is offered every other semester. Also, the Department offers a weekly life drawing session open to all art students. Drawing is available as a major and minor area of concentration for the B.F.A. and M.F.A degrees.
David Mollett moved to Fairbanks at the age of ten, attended high school here, and went to study at the New York City Studio School in 1970 and to complete his B.A. in Art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1972. Known by the mid- 1970's for his Fairbanks cityscapes, he soon began working in the hills and along the rivers surrounding the town and then moved on to the more dramatic scenery in and around Denali Park and most recently to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Mollett has had solo shows in virtually every major public exhibition space in Alaska, and he has been in group exhibitions throughout the U.S. In addition to appearing in all Alaska major public art collections, his work is included in the collections of the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum and Trenton State College in New Jersey. He was awarded Individual Artist Fellowships by Alaska State Council on the Arts in 1982 and 1988 and a Camargo Foundation Fellowship for a residency in Cassis, France in 1992.
The strongly delineated forms, bright colors, and tight structuring of Mollett's canvases have had a noticeable impact on the work of a number of artists who have accompanied him on his painting trips to ANWR in recent years.