February 13, 2013

Call for applications: Low-residency MFA in Visual Arts

Lesley University

Erin Shafkind, Walking Barn, 2012. Color film photograph.
AIB class of ’10.

The MFA in Visual Arts low-residency program offered by The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University provides the ideal solution for artists, teachers, and professionals in related fields who are seeking professional advancement in the field of visual arts. The MFA program allows students, with the guidance of a faculty advisor and a local studio mentor, to design their own studio and academic plans for each semester.

MFA faculty, student, and alumni highlights:

dOCUMENTA (13) — an international exhibition in Kassel, Germany, from June 9 to September 16, 2012 featured the work of over 160 artists from around the world. Judith Barry, Director of MFA in Visual Arts Program participated in dOCUMENTA (13) along with Faculty member Cesare Pietrousti, in addition to MFA Mentors Sam Durant, Joan Jonas, and Michael Rakowitz, and MFA in Visual Arts candidate Andrew Yang in collaboration with Christa Donner as part of the The Worldly House, curated by Tue Greenfort.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), is Visiting Critic Faculty for the Spring 2013 semester.

Liz Deschenes, MFA Visiting Professor Faculty, was included in the Whitney Biennial 2012.

Fia Backström, MFA in Visual Arts Faculty, represented Sweden in the Venice Biennial 2011.

Amanda Nelsen, MFA in Visual Arts ’08, and Alison Williams, MFA in Visual Arts ’09
For two consecutive years, an AIB MFA student has won the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, awarded to only 10–15 graduating MFA students in painting and sculpture nationwide. Amanda Nelsen received the grant in 2008, and Alison Williams in 2009.

Maggie Holmes, MFA in Visual Arts Student, is the recipient of a 10,000 USD artist’s initiative grant in photography from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Visiting Artist Faculty has included Kamrooz Aram, Cory Arcangel, Dike Blair, Liz Deschenes, Andreas Fogarasi, Adam McEwen, Carrie Moyer, Peter Rostovsky, Constanze Ruhm, Julia Scher, Barry Schwabsky, and Carol Squiers.

Recent Visitors include Nayland Blake, Dawoud Bey, Holly Block, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Charlesworth, Vincent Desiderio, Thomas Eggerer, Maureen Gallace, Renée Green, Dana Hoey, Jacqueline Humphries, Joan Jonas, Barbara London, Tony Matelli, Dorit Magareiter, Annu Matthew, Helen Mirren, Rita McBride, Allan McCollum, Marilyn Minter, Rebecca Morris, Alexis Rockman, Lynne Tillman, and Wendy White.

Faculty include Anthony Apesos, Jan Avgikos, Fia Backström, Hannah Barrett, Judith Barry, Deborah Davidson, John Kramer, Michael Newman, Cesare Pietroiusti, Sunanda K. Sanyal, Ben Sloat, Laurel Sparks, Stuart Steck, Oliver Wasow, and Deb Todd Wheeler.

“The residency atmosphere is intense with non-stop honest input and feedback. The combined voices of my advisors, studio mentors, and classmates have brought big changes in my work. I’ve never worked harder.” 
–Anne Baumgartner, MFA Visual Arts, ’10

“The MFA program helped me see my work in new ways—ways that opened up opportunities for serious change.”
–R.J. Calabrese, MFA Visual Arts, ’09

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