December 17, 2018

Call for applications for MFA Art Practice

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Alfonso Ponce de Leon (MFA 2017) interacts with an installation by Nick Bertozzi (MFA 2018). Photo: Shahar Kramer. 


The MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts is now accepting applications for summer 2019. The Art Practice program offers a low-residency, interdisciplinary approach to an MFA degree. We identify process as a kind of critical thinking. Artists in the program engage in research-based practices, and are encouraged to converse and collaborate across subject matters using a combination of traditional and non-traditional media, technologies and techniques. The MFA Art Practice program aims to create a global community of artists and cultural producers who look beyond a consensus driven approach to how we define what’s important in contemporary art.

To that end, a carefully selected, small group of MFA candidates come together at SVA’s NYC campus for three successive, intensive summer residency periods where they have the opportunity to work closely with artists, designers, writers, critics and curators. Guests in 2018 included Isaac Julien, Emma Sulkowicz, Hilton Als, Edgar Arceneaux, Julie Ault, Beatrice Glow, Sharon Louden and Jean Shin. Current and recent mentors for the program include Alice Aycock, Katya Grokhovsky, Tony Oursler, Anton Ginzburg, Kimsooja, Dawn Dedeaux, Ben Davis, Melissa McGill, Suzanne Joelson, Mel Chin, Wang Qingsong, Carrie Mae Weems, and Sara Jimenez.

Faculty members include David A. Ross (Chair), Angel Abreu, Suzanne Anker, Beth B, Kathy Brew, Lia Gangitano, Laura F. Gibellini, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Johan Grimonprez, Baseera Khan, Steven Madoff, Glendalys Medina, Iviva Olenick, Ernesto Pujol, Stefan Saffer, Heather Schatz, Sarah G. Sharp, Jovana Stokic, Jacquelyn Strycker, Nicolas Touron, TUG Collective, and Robin Winters.

In the intervening fall and spring semesters, participants engage in required, rich-media online coursework from all over the world.

MFA Art Practice is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, at 335 West 16th Street. Please contact the Art Practice office to make an appointment to speak with a representative of the program and tour the facilities.

Detailed application and portfolio requirements can be found on the Art Practice website. You can begin your application here.

Applications received by January 15 will receive a decision by April 1.

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed in the order received, space permitting.

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