January 9, 2016

Pan-American MFA webinar

Hartford Art School
Ernesto Pujol (Interdisciplinary MFA Faculty), Labor of Love, 2014. Documentation of performance with Lesley Dill, Noguchi Museum, New York.

The University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School is introducing a new MFA in a recorded webinar on the Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts that features the Nomad9 Residencies. The presentation is hosted by Program Director Carol Padberg and may be accessed through a link on the program’s blog at The blog also features introductions to the MFA faculty, who include Cat Balco, Amanda Carlson, Christy Gast, Gene Gort, Amanda Lovelee, Carol Padberg, Ernesto Pujol, Linda Weintraub, and Nico Wheadon.

The program 
The Interdisciplinary MFA at UHart is a low-residency Master of Fine Arts with a focus on sustainable culture. Its 62-credit curriculum presents courses in contemporary art, ecology, urbanism, history, and technology (from craft to code). This program of study prepares artists for a life of engaged studio and civic practice, and reflects the dynamic balance of production, inquiry, and cross-discipline collaborations in contemporary art and the world at large.

The program is based on an open outcome philosophy. The MFA curriculum supports many types of art practices, including (but not limited to) eco art, social practice, community art, and work that explores craft and technology traditions. This curriculum prepares artists for ambitious creative processes and enhances an artist’s ability to gain funding, develop career opportunities, and attain employment in a variety of public and private sectors. The program culminates with a thesis exhibition, a written thesis, and a public artwork made for the city of Hartford by the students working with a distinguished visiting artist. Visiting artists include Mark Dion, Hope Ginsburg and Pablo Helguera.

The Nomad9 residencies
On-site intensives called the Nomad9 residencies provide MFA candidates with an innovative engaged-learning curriculum. The residencies are scheduled in locations across the Americas, and provide a living classroom through which students can study contemporary art, history, and culture. Students will participate in three Nomad9 residencies per year. Between sessions, students work in their home studios under the guidance of a thesis advisor.

Scholarships and admissions
A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be awarded. The priority deadline for application and scholarships is January 15, 2016. Applications will be considered until the cohort is full.
About the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
The Hartford Art School has a rich history, beginning in 1877 with its founding by a virtual who’s who of late 19th century Hartford women. These visionary individuals included Harriet Beecher Stowe, the abolitionist writer; Olivia Clemens, the wife of Mark Twain; Elizabeth Colt, the president of Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company; Susan Warner, the wife of the owner of the Hartford Courant; and Mary Bushnell Cheney of Cheney Silk Mills. In 1957, the Hartford Art School merged with the Hartt School and Hillyer College to form the University of Hartford. Today, the University has seven schools and colleges, over 5,200 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of 6,900, including graduate and professional programs. Hartford Art School students are enrolled in a rigorous professional studio-based program that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Its 350 undergraduate BFA and 90 graduate MFA students have access to a beautiful suburban campus, a large university library, university-wide lectures, expertise in other schools and colleges, as well as outstanding music, theatre, and dance performances throughout the year.

Visit for details, or contact Program Director Carol Padberg at [email protected].

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