January 7, 2021

Apply for funded MFA or MAIS degree

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Josie Del Castillo, Bike Riding in Brownsville, 2020. Mural. Courtesy of the artist.

Register for the information session on January 19 at 12pm CST:

The School of Art at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) comprises an international collective of artists, writers, educators, and scholars. Cultivated within a supportive community, student research explores, challenges, and examines contemporary and historical issues. Situated on the US/Mexico border, a vibrant site for artmaking, program specialties include Latin American and Latina/x art history, Latina/x identities, and borderlands-informed art practices.

MFA degree concentrations include 2D, 3D, and Design. In addition, we offer a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Art History. The UTRGV School of Art is a bi-campus school which maintains facilities in both Edinburg and Brownsville. In Edinburg is a 73,000-square foot facility with studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry & metals, 3D printing, digital and film photography with a wet lab. In Brownsville is a 20,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space with unique 20-foot-high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab, and a 3000-square foot outdoor open area.

It is UTRGV’s Vision “to be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Latinx, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Latinx students.

Graduate assistants will be awarded stipends and will be eligible for UTRGV in-state graduate tuition. Graduate assistants receiving any portion of a stipend must be enrolled at fulltime status (minimum of 9 graduate credit hours) and will need to maintain a 3.0 average for the assistantship to be renewed each semester.

In their personal statement, applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Duties of assistantships will vary and take into account students’ strengths and areas of interest. Assistantships may involve work as a lab technician, assisting faculty in teaching courses, as instructor of record, or a research assistant, as determined by the School of Art.

All applicants must apply to the UTRGV Graduate College and fulfill all application requirements for the School of Art by March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for an assistantship.

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