October 15, 2018

Call for applications: Painting + Printmaking MFA

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

MFA show 2018, Genderfail Press. Photo: Steven Casanova.

The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA provides opportunities for artists to develop their work through intensive studio time, immersive theory and criticism courses, and teaching experience. In addition, VCUarts offers a number of professional development opportunities including research grants.

Each semester, a visiting professor teaches the Graduate Seminar course and conducts bi-weekly individual critiques. Additionally, visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and conduct studio visits. Recent visiting artists, curators, and critics include: Stanya Kahn, Caitlin Cherry, Wendy Vogel, Kanishka Raja, Alejandro Cesarco, Thom Donovan, Galit Eilat, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Joanne Greenbaum, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Ulrike Müller, R.H. Quaytman, Lisi Raskin, and Fred Wilson.

Travel experiences are a crucial element of the curriculum. Students have visited Documenta 14, Sculpture Project Münster, and Berlin Art Week, as well as art events in Mexico City, Los Angeles, Peru and China. All MFA students can participate in regular exhibitions of VCUarts alumni in New York City. Alumni have the opportunity to participate in the Wurtzel Residency in Italy as well as a post graduate fellowship at SOMA in Mexico City.

VCUarts is one of the nation's leading arts schools, dedicated to advancing creative expression, supporting new scholarship, sparking innovation and deepening the role of the arts in society. Its visual arts and design graduate programs have received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report. VCUarts offers degrees across 15 departments and programs.

For more information visit our website or contact Director of Graduate Studies Cara Benedetto at cbenedetto [​at​]

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