October 16, 2020

Call for applications: MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Shannon Levin (BFA17). Illustration, cover of The Graphic Vindicator, the official publication of the MFA-IVC program.

Photo: Whitney Curtis / WUSTL Photos.

Photo: Whitney Curtis / WUSTL Photos.

D.B. Dowd, Heidi Kolk, and Madeline Valentine. Photo: Joshua White.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Weil Hall. Photo: Peter Aaron/OTTO.

Racheal Bruce, Paradises Lost, 2019.

Taylor Dow, Castle of Tears, 2020.

Weike Liu, selected spreads from Nepal Trav-log, 2020.

Alex Schubert, Art Comic, 2019.

Jonathan Smith, From Blossoms, 2020.

Photo: James Byard/WUSTL Photos.

Weil Hall. Photo: Peter Aaron/OTTO.

Photo: James Byard/WUSTL Photos.

About the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture Program
Led by John Hendrix, students in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program at Washington University in St. Louis unearth the wild, the wondrous, and the unknown. This two-year residential program combines studio practice in illustration with material culture studies, and prepares graduates to work as author-artists of graphic novels, comics, and picture books, as well as professors, critical writers, and curators.

The MFA-IVC program is built on the expertise of the school’s illustration and design faculty, and the vast resources of Washington University, a tier-one research institution. The school’s resources include the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a preeminent site for studying the history and culture of American illustration.

MFA-IVC studios are located in Weil Hall, a brand-new facility with a digital fabrication lab and numerous spaces for collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchange. You’ll also have access to our integrated printmaking suite, home to Island Press and the Kranzberg Book Studio.

Our faculty specialize in children’s books, editorial illustration, cultural theory, graphic novels, zines, typography, and social practice. Faculty members include John Hendrix (chair), D.B. Dowd, Gerald Early, Edward Kinsella III, Heidi Kolk, Shreyas R Krishnan, Skye Lacerte, Joy Novak, and Dan Zettwoch. Fall guest speakers include designer Silas Munro and cartoonists Eleanor Davis, Jillian Tamaki, and Lauren R. Weinstein.

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Get your free copy of The Graphic Vindicator (the official publication of Washington University’s MFA-IVC program).

Apply here.

Taylor Yocom, graduate recruitment specialist: tayloryocom [​at​]

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