Call for applications: MFA in Studio Art
University of Oregon
Above: Natalie Wood, Lagoon (detail), 2016. Paper, fabric, blue light.
Above: Natalie Wood, Lagoon (detail), 2016. Paper, fabric, blue light.

Application deadline: January 5, 2018

University of Oregon
Department of Art
5232 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5232
United States

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The University of Oregon Department of Art is currently welcoming MFA applications for fall 2018. Online application can be found here.

To schedule an individual visit and request an MFA brochure please send an email to: [email protected]

Program description
The Department of Art’s interdisciplinary graduate program encourages students to work across disciplines with comprehensive resources offered in areas of photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, art and technology, ceramics, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing and sculpture. The MFA program is a three-year course of study that involves rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development. Emphasis is placed on curriculum tailored to the needs of the individual student while encouraging exploration and risk-taking.

Approximately 30 students constitute a tight-knit community of MFA candidates. MFAs have frequent contact with professionally active faculty members, nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists, critics and curators. Working intensively in independent studios on the Eugene campus, students benefit from the context of a world-class research university in the compelling Pacific Northwest.

Financial support
The Department of Art provides generous funding for MFA Candidates during their three years of study. Support ranges from teaching appointments to lab assistance, tuition waivers, and scholarships. Awarded annually and contingent on merit and availability, Graduate Fellowships provide significant financial support as well as teaching and professional experience.

Art faculty
Carla Bengtson, Jovencio de la Paz, Tannaz Farsi, Brian Gillis, Colin Ives, Ron Jude, Anya Kivarkis, Sylvan Lionni, Charlene Liu, Euan Macdonald, Christopher Michlig, Donald Morgan, David Rueter, Jack Ryan, Michael Salter, Stacy Jo Scott, Rick Silva, Ying Tan, Laura Vandenburgh, Amanda Wojick

Art History faculty
Nina Amstutz, Derek Burdette, Joyce Cheng, Keith Eggener, James G. Harper, Ocean Howell, Jeffrey Hurwit, Maile Hutterer, Charles H. Lachman, Jenny Lin, Christoph Lindner, Kate Mondloch, Kristen Seaman, Akiko Walley

2017–18 visiting lecture series
Morehshin Allahyari, Mike Andrews, Crystal Z Campbell, Stanya Kahn, James Lavadour, Shana Moulton, Karthik PandianWilliam Powhida, Sabrina Ratté, Wendy Red Star, Anna Sew Hoy, Nancy Shaver, Jenni Sorkin, Jan Verwoert, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

For archived footage of recent lectures, visit the Department of Art’s UO Channel

About the College of Design at the University of Oregon
The College of Design is committed to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and interdisciplinary education. Innovation thrives here in our cooperative and future-focused learning environment. We support diverse perspectives, beliefs, and cultures and are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community.

Students come here ready to explore, learn, and create. When they graduate, they leave with the ability to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. We provide the skills and mentorship needed for our students to tackle complex global challenges and positively affect the people, communities, and environments around them. 

About Eugene
Eugene, Oregon, is a classic college town, with a metropolitan-area population of more than 200,000. You’ll find that Eugene is small enough to bike across, but large enough to offer galleries, music venues, and great restaurants to discover. Outdoor recreation is key to the Eugene lifestyle, with rivers to run, mountains to snowboard, rocks to climb, trails to hike, and an ocean to surf, all within easy reach. Eugene is located in the center of western Oregon, about 100 miles south of Portland and halfway between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains in the lush Willamette Valley.


December 20, 2017


University of Oregon, Eugene