Meet Lawrence Pitre, MFA '17

“When I reflect on my two years in the Seattle University MFA program, I concluded that the experience not only made me a better visual artist, but also prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career. Through incredibly supportive classmates, and professors who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover a voice I didn’t know I had. That voice has played a central role in my art and nonprofit work. This program was a wonderful time in my life, and the best educational experience I’ve had.”

Executive Director, Central Area Chamber of Commerce | Visual Artist


Lawrence's work documenting the history of Seattle's Central District has been feature prominently in local media.

Real Change

“Lawrence Pitre is a married father of two, rose to the rank of captain in the Army and is involved with the Central Area Chamber of Commerce. While juggling these various positions, Pitre always found a way to express himself through art. His determination to keep creating despite obstacles goes back three decades to a vow he made to artist Jacob Lawrence, his University of Washington art professor at the time. Pitre recounted one of the last things Lawrence said to him: “Never stop creating. Never stop drawing.” Pitre continues to honor that promise.”


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A documentary about Lawrence's summary project, "We Are One," a series of 28 colorful paintings that reflect his passion for community and cultural history. Courtesy of Seattle Channel: Community Stories.

Evening & Saturday Classes

Designed for working professionals

Unique Practicum Experience

Apply classroom learning in real-time with regional arts and cultural organization

A wide and active network

Distinguished mix of Seattle U faculty and practitioner instructors and connections to regional arts leaders

22 Months

to completion


  • Kevin Maifeld, Director, Arts Leadership Programs, 206.296.5370
  • Jen Smoose, Graduate Program Coordinator, 206.220.8244