November 28, 2017

Accepting fall 2018 applications: Art Studio MFA program

University of California, Davis

Faith Sponsler, Glass mountain, 2017. Mixed media. Photo: Cleber Bonato. Courtesy of the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Art Studio MFA program
The MFA in Art Studio engages students in a two-year, critically rigorous studio program that provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. Students explore a wide range of media and approaches to studio practice. Drawing on the strengths of a multidisciplinary research campus, the program encourages research collaborations connecting the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. The program is committed to delivering an innovative educational curriculum that promotes the blending of art theory and creative practice, with a goal to prepare students for professional engagement in the arts, including but not exclusive to academic careers. We aim to advance theories, methods, tools, and knowledge in emerging areas of studio art practice.

Shiva Ahmadi, Robin Hill, Tim Hyde, Darrin Martin, Graham McDougal, Hearne Pardee, Lucy Puls, Annabeth Rosen, Young Suh, and Gina Werfel

Recent visiting artists
Peter Schjeldahl, Samara Golden, Diana Al-Hadid, Amanda Cachia, Charls Atlas, Aliza Nizenbaum, Ryan Trecartin, Shana Moulton, Rico Gatson, Phong Bui, Anton Reijnders

Financial support
The Art Studio MFA program offers substantial financial support through paid teaching assistant positions each quarter and through Art Studio program fellowships, made possible by generous private endowments. Students may also apply for university support through Graduate Studies Travel Awards, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

UC Davis is an academic partner of The Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship Program, which offers a year-long artist residency for one of our MFA graduates each year. Over the years, graduates of the program have won many nationally competitive graduate fellowships and post-graduate awards from the Dedalus Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Skowhegan, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center among others.

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