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What Celebrities Studied Art?

Martin Mull talks to Art Exhibit Visitors
Martin Mull Talks to Art Exhibit Visitors

There are more than 100 celebrities that are also artists listed here at Pop Life Art. Many of them, although quite talented, are self taught and others simply got involved in art as a hobby. However, quite a few have had formal education or training in art and, in many cases, were artists before they entered the field of entertainment. I’ve listed some that fit this description below.

Martin Mull

Actor and comedian Martin Mull earned both a bachelor of fine arts and a master of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design.

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and won a scholarship to the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design in New York, where he studied for two years.

Vincent Price

Actor Vincent Price received a B.A. in art history and English from Yale University in 1933, and studied art history at the University of London from 1934 to 1935.

Leonard Nimoy

In the 1970s Leonard Nimoy studied photography under Robert Heineken at UCLA, and in 2001 he received an “artist in residence” appointment at the American Academy in Rome.

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett received formal training in art at the School of Industrial Arts (now known as the School of Art and Design) in Manhattan.

Ronnie Wood

Before beginning his musical career Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London.

Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda of the rock band Linkin Park graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1998, with a B.A. in Illustration.

Federico Castelluccio

Actor Federico Castelluccio was awarded a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he earned a BFA in painting and media arts. He also worked as an illustrator for a number of years.

Farrah Fawcett

Actress Farrah Fawcett studied art at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). She studied under sculpting professor Charles Umlauf, becoming a protégé of his.

Brian Eno

Musician Brian Eno studied art at Ipswich School of Art and Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton.

Jerry Garcia

Musician Jerry Garcia studied at The California School of Fine Arts, now known as the San Francisco Art Institute.

Gene Hackman

Actor Gene Hackman studied art at the Art Students League of New York.

Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh, musician, composer and co-founder of the DEVO, majored in art at Kent State University.

Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS studied art at the High School of Music and Art in New York City.

Jessica Lange

Award winning actress Jessica Lange briefly studied photography as a fine art student at the University of Minnesota in the 1960s.

Grace Slick

In the late 1950s, after she left Finch College in New York, former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, briefly studied art at the University of Miami.

Piercce Brosnan

After he left school high school at 16, actor Pierce Brosnan pursued a career in art and began working as an illustrator. He started as a trainee commercial artist at Ravenna Studios in Putney, South London.

Anthony Quinn

As a teenager, actor Anthony Quinn studied architecture with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

I don’t think it is surprising that so many actors, singers and musicians are also involved in the visual arts. It seems that creative people often creative in several different ways.

See the Pop Life Art celebrity artists list for links to the artwork of more than 100 musicians, singers, and actors.