November 16, 2018

Call for applications: MFA program in the Department of Art

University of California, Riverside

Anna Betbeze, Tangle (detail), 2015. Wool, acid dyes, ash from burning, 82 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

MFA in Visual Art

Non media specific 3 year program

Set in the striking landscape of the San Bernardino Mountains and in close proximity to Los Angeles’ international art scene, the MFA program at UC Riverside offers an intensive environment of advanced art research and practice for highly motivated students. We provide a theoretically driven curriculum that prioritizes studio production. An explorative and open approach to both traditional and interdisciplinary media encourages students to experiment and pursue their aesthetic ideas in media that most benefits their practice. MFA students receive generously-sized studio spaces (350+sq feet with 12 foot walls) and have access to excellent state of the art facilities.

The intimate scale of the program boasts an unusual student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 8 that allows for deeply engaging interactions with the nationally and internationally exhibiting faculty members. This year, we are excited to welcome a new faculty member, Anna Betbeze, whose practice combines densely layered optical mixing and haptic sensation to create work that pushes new directions in painterly form.

Core to our program is the dynamic visiting lecture series which provides students with the opportunity to engage with eighteen internationally recognized artists, curators and critics through lectures and studio visits, broadening and intensifying the discourse.

Recent visitors: Charles Ray, A.L. Steiner, Jim Shaw, Edgar Arceneaux, Jennifer Pastor, Liz Glynn, Rebecca Morris, Sharon Lockhart, Erika Vogt, Nathaniel Mellors and Morgan Fisher

Faculty: John Divola, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Charles Long, Lynne Marsh, Yunhee Min, Amir Zaki and Anna Betbeze

Funding and teaching assistant opportunities
Successful applicants receive excellent academic financial support through a combination of fellowships, stipends and fee waivers that offset the cost of fees and tuition for all three years of study. Given today’s climate of escalated cost of higher education in the arts, this is a significant benefit to our highly focused program. Graduate students are appointed a minimum of one teaching assistantship per year and are offered a Gluck fellowship in arts education in local schools.

Please see our website for more information and application details.

Susan Komura: Acting Graduate Coordinator
susan.komura [​at​] / T (951) 827 4627

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