Ian Factor, shown here demonstrating for his class at the Guangxi Arts University in Nanning, China, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his formal art training at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts School and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He continued his education at the Art Students League and the National Academy in New York City. Factor earned his BFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art where he graduated Cum Laude.

His work has been exhibited and featured in galleries and museums worldwide, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Boston, Maine, Paris, Florence, Siena, and Pietrasanta Italy. His work is held in private and public collections internationally.

A professor of fine art, illustration, and design for over 20 years, Factor has taught and run programs in universities and academies from New York City to Guangxi China. He currently lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches at Central Oregon Community College where he is the Coordinator and Lead Instructor of Satellite Campus Art Programs.

The Three Level Sequence of the Academy


Foundational skill building using the classical approach to drawing, painting, sculpture, anatomy, and perspective.


Development and mastery of techniques beyond the foundations, focusing on the personal language of the individual, introducing narrative and content to the work while understanding one's place in the canon of art history.


Unifying the technical, conceptual and personal vision of the artist with the inherent nature of the subject of study (Technical Narrative) and establishing a discourse with the contemporary fine art and design worlds.


At the third level, some students will decide to pursue a teaching path and will begin a studio assistantship. This will be offered at the completion of the three-level training sequence.

What makes the Bend Academy so unique?

Regardless of what skill level and goals our students bring to the Academy, the approach is always focused on individual growth and development. Whether one's desire is to become a full-time career artist or simply just brush up on some skills for a weekend hobby, the training and studio time will address each student's needs and aspirations from the minute they enter the studio.

With small classes, the individual attention and time each student receives are the facets that set the Bend Academy apart from other schools in Central Oregon. 

Ian Factor - Founder, Director and Head Instructor

Emily Rose began her education in fine art at Pratt MWP, focusing on human anatomy and painting. Ensuing her time at Pratt, she spent ten years studying art, design, business and agriculture throughout Africa, the Americas, and Asia. During her years of self-education, she became involved in various business endeavors from international exportation and music promotion to designing, building and operating food production farms throughout Oregon.


After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Emily continued taking classes through Oregon's universities. She focused her studies on neuroscience, specifically neuroaesthetics; a discipline allowing us to understand how and why our brains respond to art and objects of beauty. This is a topic that will benefit the work of all artists and will be incorporated into the curriculum here at the academy.


Emily is pleased to work with students of all artistic backgrounds at the Bend Academy of Art. She currently splits her time between the academy in Bend, her farm in Yachats, and her studies of architecture in Portland.

Emily Rose - Assistant Director

Factor's personal website: www.ianfactor.com


The Bend Academy of Art admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the above in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

* The Bend Academy of Art is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible, as permitted by law. Federal Tax ID # 83-3505456

Through the kind donations of our supporters, The Bend Academy of Art offers limited scholarships for students who are in need of a little financial help and who are committed to training with us. For those who would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please visit our donation page, here:


For those who are passionate about your art education and would love to study at the Academy, but find it difficult with your current financial situation, please enroll at the below link and let us know that you're interested in our scholarship program. We will get back to you to discuss the options.


If you are a current or past Academy student and would like to apply for a scholarship, please reach out to us via email and let us know: