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MFA Art Writing accepting applications for fall 2019
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Above: Loomis Dean, William Burroughs at the Beat Hotel.
Above: Loomis Dean, William Burroughs at the Beat Hotel.
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
MFA Art Writing
132 West 21 Street
New York, NY 10010
USA

artwriting.sva.edu
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Situated in the heart of New York City and at the intersection of words and images, the Art Writing MFA program at SVA offers students the opportunity to bring their language into a complex meeting with the visual arts and the ideas that inform it.

Writers on art need a broad base of knowledge, so our curriculum is wide-ranging. In addition to the foundation seminar, Bases of Criticism I & II, taught by chair David Levi Strauss, three levels of writing practicums, and the thesis seminar, we offer an array of continually changing electives taught by prominent writers and critics.

From its inception, this program has had a special emphasis on the history and future of the image. The writers of tomorrow must study images in all of their manifestations in order to better understand how we are subject to them.

In addition to our exceptional core faculty—including Nancy Princenthal, Dejan Lukic, Jennifer Krasinski, Emmanuel Iduma, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Siddhartha Mitter, Debra Bricker Balken, Chuck Stein, and Lynne Tillman—we invite many writers, critics, philosophers, editors, artists, and art historians in each year to give lectures and to meet with our students individually and in small groups. Recent guests include: Holland Cotter, Michael Taussig, Boris Groys, Anne Waldman, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Ann Lauterbach, Lucy Lippard, Amy Sillman, Hilton Als, and Dave Hickey.

Our students come from all over the world—Nigeria, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Brazil, Ecuador, Ireland, France, England, and Canada—as well as from around the United States. They also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and education, with undergraduate degrees in Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Creative Writing, among others. What they have in common is intellectual curiosity, a passion for art, and the desire to write well.

It is obviously a big advantage to have such a program situated in the heart of New York City, amidst one of the greatest concentrations of artists and art activity in the world. The connections made in the program between students and others working in the field are invaluable and long lasting.

We are now accepting applications for the fall 2019 term. Generous departmental scholarships, as well as other forms of assistance, are available to successful applicants. Contact us at [email protected], or T (212) 592 2408 for further information or to set up an appointment.

To see sample programs, faculty bios, news, the online journal, recordings of our popular lecture series, and admissions procedures, go to artwriting.sva.edu.

December 3, 2018

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