November 15, 2013

MFA Program in Studio Art

Mills College
Kate Short (MFA ’13), Interstice (2013). Installation View 2013. © Phil Bond Photography.

Mills College’s MFA program in studio art provides artists with both a formal and a conceptual foundation in contemporary art. Mills’s interdisciplinary community of artists provides the perfect setting for the development of a personal practice and professional engagement in contemporary artistic dialogue.

In the context of a small liberal arts college, students receive individual attention from Mills’s distinguished professors and visiting artists. Admission into this two-year graduate program is competitive and designed to facilitate personal, artistic growth and meet the demanding standards of the profession.

Students are encouraged to work in different disciplines, but select a focus among painting, sculpture, installation, photography, intermedia, new genres, video, and electronic arts. Mills College houses excellent studios for all of these disciplines. Other resources include the Mills College Art Museum, sculpture labs, digital computer lab, video suites, and both dark room and state of the art digital printing labs.

Graduate students in studio art also enjoy spacious, private studios during the entire two years of their program. Students are required to work in these on-campus studios to facilitate interaction with fellow artists, faculty, and both visiting artists and scholars.

The MFA program culminates in a thesis exhibition of student work in the Mills College Art Museum, which draws substantial interest from the Bay Area arts community including local gallerists, curators and critics.

More Information
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Mills College Art Museum

Contact: Kristie Kern, MBA
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Mills College Art and Art History Department
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
T 510 430 2117[email protected]

Studio Art and Art History Faculty
Meryl Bailey, James Fei, Amy Franceschini, Samara Halperin, Stephanie Hanor (Director, Mills College Art Museum), Hung Liu, Mary-Ann Milford, Anna Valentina Murch, Moira Roth and Catherine Wagner.

Recent Visiting Artists and Scholars
Desiree Holman, Abelardo Morell, John Chiara, Michael Robinson, Greil Marcus, Melissa E. Feldman, Gay Outlaw, Julio Cesar Morales, Jennie Ottinger, Jennifer Locke, Melissa Chiu, and Todd Hido.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

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