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October 14, 2020

Call for applications: Masters of Fine Arts and MA in Art History

Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston

Clockwise from top left: Douglas Welsh, Jacinta Majithia, Marcelese Cooper and Sydney Parks. Photos: Brent Reaney.

At the University of Houston School of Art, we celebrate the centrality of art and design as drivers of culture and recognize their importance to the vitality of a civil society. We train artists, designers, and art historians who will delight, surprise, inform, engage, and move us toward a better understanding of each other and our extended communities. We recently visited with four MFA students to talk about their experience in the program. Here are some excerpts:

“I consider all of the PDM grad students family. There’s a diverseness to what we do here, but there’s also a certain amount of fun and liveliness. And when they called me to offer admission to the program, they were the only school that felt like they were talking to me and not ‘Application 4577‘ ... I took that as a sign of good things to come.”
Marcelese Cooper, Photo and Digital Media
Santa Clarita, CA

“Teaching is one of the things that I like about the program. I’m really passionate about what I do, so I get this chance to share it, and that’s my favorite part. And I am learning a lot from my students!”
Jacinta Majithia, Sculpture
Medellin, Colombia

“I came to graduate school to create a completely different practice. I’m a painter. I’d started experimenting with digital media a little bit before I got here but knew I wanted to drag painting into the digital world. I just wanted space and time and that’s exactly what I have.”
Sydney Parks, Interdisciplinary-Practices and Emerging Forms
College Station, Texas

“The program at University of Houston has allowed me to expand my practice to include video and performance art. I’ve also got a drag persona named Miss Conception. I’m also doing photo and poetry and all these different elements bounce off each other. I would not have gotten here as quickly without my fellow students in the program, as well as the professors.”

"It’s a really dynamic and interesting time to be an artist living in Houston. It’s not New York, it’s not LA, and that’s a good thing. It’s friendly, the doors are open. There are possibilities here.”
Douglas Welsh, Painting
Houston, TX

The University of Houston School of Art invites applications to its Masters of Fine Arts and MA in Art History degree programs. They offer a low-cost, high reward arts education in one of the nation’s largest and most diverse cities. Applications are currently open. Priority deadline is January 15th, 2021.

The School of Art extends generous scholarship and fellowship assistance to all graduate students in its program. Many students engage in an active program of paid teaching and internship opportunities available during the second and third years of study.

In 2020 the MFA student community relocated to a state-of-the-art facility: Elgin Street Studios. Students have generous private studios or open-plan workspaces to use as their home for creation and collaboration at UH. With new sculpture facilities, exhibition spaces and social areas, students develop their practices in an art production space with limitless potential.

Faculty in the School of Art are leading practitioners in their fields who have earned recognition from preeminent institutions including the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies, the Andy Warhol Foundation, Getty Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and many others. Faculty have exhibited internationally at prestigious exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, São Paulo Art Biennial, and Venice Biennale.

The city of Houston, the UH extended campus, is the most ethnically diverse and the fourth largest in the country. It is home to world-class cultural institutions including the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

For more information visit the School of Art website. And for application information, click here for the MFA and here for the MA.

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