October 29, 2019

MFA applications and full fellowships for fall 2020

SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Jer’Lisa Devezin (MFA ’19), kiss my ass, 2019. Bronze. Photo: Christian Vasquez.

The MFA in Art offered by SMU Meadows School of the Arts is a two-year program that prepares artists for careers in art. Students who earn the MFA develop a substantial body of artwork and understand the relevant contexts within which artists and their works function. The degree is intended as an intensive period of focused study that culminates in the MFA qualifying exhibition at the Pollock Gallery.

Full fellowships
SMU offers up to six full fellowships each year, supplemented by teaching assistantships. This generous bulwark of support is offered to aid students in the development of their work so that they can begin their careers largely unencumbered by debt. Additional funds are available for materials and travel related to students’ creative research.

The MFA program is interdisciplinary in that students are free to explore a wide range of materials, processes and histories. Each year the most competitive, ambitious and thoughtful artists are admitted regardless of medium. Facilities for and faculty expertise in ceramics, creative computation, drawing, installation, new media, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and time-based media feature among the opportunities for students. The Division of Art embraces and celebrates human diversity in all its forms, including race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

In addition to faculty actively engaged in exhibition and research at the highest levels, SMU’s Division of Art hosts an ongoing series of lectures, open studios, panels and studio visits by artists, critics and curators. This series of events is a crucial part of the graduate and undergraduate curricula and provides a venue for graduate students and the Dallas community at large to engage with contemporary art.

Visiting artists for 2019–20
Jock Reynolds, An Te Liu, Akira Yamaguchi.

Past visiting artists and curators (selected)
Glenn Adamson, Magali Arriola, Ute Meta Bauer, Walead Beshty, Gregg Bordowitz, Tania Bruguera, Tony Cruz, David Diao, Ed Eberle, Nicole Eisenman, Theaster Gates, Renée Green, K8 Hardy, Ann Van Hoey, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alfredo Jaar, Guillermo Kuitca, Pablo Leon de La Barra, Melissa Miller, Simonetta Moro, Ron Nagle, Thomas Nozkowski, Robyn O’Neil, Mariko Paterson, Signé Pierce, R.H. Quaytman, Walid Raad, Franklin Sirmans, Michael Smith, Jenni Sorkin, A. L. Steiner, Holly Walker, and Betty Woodman.

Dallas continues to invest in the largest arts district in the country, located a few minutes from campus, in which the Meadows School plays a growing role. The Division of Art seeks artists for graduate studies who wish to participate in the diverse arts opportunities of Dallas-Fort Worth and the North Texas region.

SMU also offers the New York Colloquium, where students spend two weeks in early January visiting NYC museums and galleries. In some years, an intensive program is offered off campus or on the SMU satellite campus in Taos, NM. These seminars are run by faculty along with visiting artists or scholars, and are engaged with the development and expansion of the parameters of work.

Apply here before February 1, 2020:
MFA Art admission instructions / Meadows Graduate application

See profiles of current MFA graduate students. See profiles of current Art faculty.

For more information contact: Director of Graduate Admissions, Joe Hoselton, hoselton [​at​] / T 214 768 3765

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