November 7, 2013

Parsons Fine Arts MFA

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Image courtesy of Parsons The New School for Design.

Parsons Fine Arts is pleased to announce the 2013 Graduate Open Studios to be held on Thursday, November 14, 6–9pm. Throughout the evening, our exciting group of 42 international graduate students will open their creative spaces to the public and be available to answer questions and discuss their works. Open Studios provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view works in progress and meet the artists in an informal setting. Visitors will gain an insight into the diverse practices happening within our studio art program that embraces interdisciplinary experimentation, intellectual rigor and innovation.

The MFA at Parsons Fine Arts is a two-year program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. The program curriculum centers around one-on-one studio visits and group critique, theory classes to foster critical thinking, personalized classes teaching writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practices seminars. The program additionally offers advanced electives in a large variety of media and topics including eco-literacy as well as seminars including Art + Science, Art + Poetry, Feminist Art Practice. All classes are structured to support students extend the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an international and dynamic faculty whose works have been exhibited recently at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, documenta and The Sydney Biennale. Students also benefit from interaction with an impressive array of visiting artists and critics who are redefining the cutting edge of art in the 21st century. This year’s guests include Taisha Paggett, Theaster Gates, Allora & Calzadilla, David Reed, Mika Tajima, Leslie Hewitt, and Iran do Espirito Santo.

Parsons Fine Arts is housed within Parsons The New School for Design, which is one of the world’s leading centers for teaching and research in the fields of art, design and new media. It offers a diverse learning environment where students engage in studio-based research and scholarship to develop a global understanding of the arts. Students have the opportunity to study and collaborate with a wide range of art and design fields, as well as all areas of study across the internationally recognized New School for Social Research.

For more information please visit and contact Andrea Geyer (Interim Director for Graduate Studies) [email protected]

About Parsons The New School for Design
Parsons is one of the premier institutions for art and design education. Founded in 1896, is has served as a pioneer in the field for more than a century. Based in New York and internationally active, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. Critical thinking, research and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons offers rigorous training that allows for interdisciplinary collaboration across five thematic schools. An integral part of The New School, Parsons builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship, and pedagogy. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

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