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December 10, 2015

Call for applications: Image Text MFA

Image Text Ithaca at Ithaca College
Andre Bradley, Dark Archive, 2015. Image Text Ithaca Press, 2015. Design: Elana Schlenker.

The Ithaca College low-residency Image Text MFA is a unique terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography.

Students in our exploratory, flexible, and innovative 25-month program will work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual month-long summer sessions in Ithaca, New York, and during two annual week-long winter sessions in our New York, Los Angeles, and London centers. During the fall and spring academic terms, students will pursue independent study in close consultation with their faculty advisors.

Tuition fellowships for national and international applicants will be available on a competitive basis, and room and board will be provided free of charge for all accepted students during residential sessions.

Integrating theoretical and conceptual studies with intensive creative practice, the program seeks to create a community and discourse for original, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative work in photography and writing. This approach evolves out of the intensive creative interactions featured in our previous ITI Workshops, where established and emerging artists—including Claudia Rankine, John Keene, Lucas Blalock, Bruno Ceschel, Jen Hofer and Jason Fulford—gathered to share and make work in an open, experimental and playful environment. Each MFA summer session will likewise begin with a collaborative student-faculty creative retreat in an isolated rural setting.

We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text- and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas, if not both.

The Image Text program also hosts the Image Text Ithaca Press. The ITI Press, modeled on contemporary photographic and literary small presses, publishes innovative text and image works by national and international writers and artists. Our first three publications, developed at the ITI Workshops and published in 2015, feature work by John Keene, Andre Bradley, Earl Gravy, Analicia Sotelo, Bobby Scheidemann and Thomas Whittle. Graduate students will have the opportunity to work closely with the press, and graduates of the ITI MFA will be eligible for publication.

Faculty & Fellows
Overseen by program directors and core faculty Nicholas Muellner and Catherine Taylor, our summer 2016 faculty will include Melissa Catanese, Bruno Ceschel, C.S. Giscombe, Renee Gladman, Ed Panar and several invited workshop fellows.

Our fellows and visiting artists grow from the community we have built through our workshops, symposia and publications, including our 2014 and 2015 Image Text Fellows: Ben Alper, Daniel Augschöll, Lucas Blalock, Andre Bradley, Bruno Ceschel, Ching-In Chen, LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Tonya Foster, Jason Fulford, Jen Hofer, Christine Hume, Jen Hyde, Anya Jasbar, John Keene, Emma Kemp, Michael David Murphy, Claudia Rankine, Bobby Scheidemann, Analicia Sotelo, Hannah Whitaker, Thomas Whittle and Matvei Yankelevich.

Facilities
Students in the MFA program have year-round access to the Park School of Communications and its state-of-the-art photography, film/video and audio facilities and equipment. These include two digital photography suites with Imacon scanners and Epson printers, analog darkroom, lighting studio, soundstages, video editing suites, and portable resources ranging from medium and large format film cameras to professional HD video equipment.

Application
Applications are accessible online.

Please write to [email protected] with questions about the Image Text MFA or the application process, or to schedule a conversation with the Program Directors.

 

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