November 9, 2021

MFA in Art

University of Florida School of Art + Art History

Lindsey Myers, Clothesline, 2020. Sewed inkjet prints on canvas, string, clothespins.

The School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida invites applications for the MFA degree in Studio Art. In this three-year program, students engage in an experimental, research-based art-making practice around an array of intersecting topics ranging from race, gender and environmental studies to postcolonialism, migration and new technologies. In line with the school’s commitment to equity, our graduate students receive health insurance, individual studios, teaching opportunities, assistantships and scholarships to enjoy a fully-funded graduate studies experience.

The University of Florida (UF) is a large research institution, ranked number five best public university in the US (US News & World Report). UF’s College of the Arts is guided by a radical and forward-looking meta-strategy which places diversity, equity, access, and inclusion at the forefront of all research and teaching activities. The college hosts unique research centers that engage with timely issues, including Centers for Arts, Migration & Entrepreneurship, Arts in Medicine, and The Digital Worlds Institute. A center for emerging technologies and ideas, UF is the site of a major Artificial Intelligence initiative in the Arts, hosting the most powerful university-owned supercomputer in the US.

Our internationally diverse student community works within and across disciplines in state-of-the-art facilities, labs, and workshops and in off-campus studios with 24/7 access. Areas of expertise include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, performance, installation, ceramics, video, art & technology and artificial intelligence. Coursework involves art history, critical theory, social practice, race and gender studies, social and environmental justice, decolonial strategies, emerging technologies, sustainability and ecology.

An experimental approach to art making in a major research institution allows for students to regularly engage with departments and centers across campus, including UF’s Center for Latin American Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies, Department of Film & Media Studies, School of Architecture, Department of Biology and Department of Anthropology.

The campus boasts a top-ranked Natural History Museum, The Florida Museum of Natural History, and one of the largest US university art museums, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The College of the Arts houses the University Galleries, three exhibition spaces which host an international program of events and graduate thesis exhibitions.

Located halfway between Atlanta and Miami, the Studio Art Program sustains an active presence in the art world with trips to Miami’s Art Week and New York City. Gainesville boasts incredible natural beauty, biodiversity, a mild climate, a moderate cost of living, and Floridian eccentricity.

Our stellar visiting artists and scholars program features artist lectures and studio visits with some of the most renowned practitioners of contemporary art. Recent visitors include: Kader Attia, Wafaa Bilal, Andrea Bowers, William Cordova, Philip Corner, Mel Chin, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Camille Henrot, Adela Goldbard, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Chitra Ganesh, Dan Graham, Sharon Hayes, Edgar Heap of Birds, Pablo Helguera, Oliver Herring, Noelle Mason, Jack Massing, Kerry James Marshall, Saki Mafundikwa, Wael Morcos, Timothy Morton, Warren Neidich, Pepón Osorio, Dan Perjovski, Walid Raad, Latoya Ruby-Frazer, Dread Scott, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elena Sisto, Judith Schwartz, Michael Rakowitz, Marta Rosler, Fred Wilson.

Faculty: Anthea Behm, Meghan Moe Beitiks, Rose Briccetti, Fatimah Tuggar, Katerie Gladdys, Adrian González, Devin Harclerode, Ron Janowich, Sean Miller, Julia Morrisroe, Jesse Ring, Craig Smith, Jack Stenner, Bethany Taylor, Iren Tete, and Sergio Vega. Works by Faculty in Studio Art have been featured at MoMA, Documenta, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, National Academy of Sciences, Corcoran Gallery, ICA Boston, Perez Art Museum, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Moderna Museet, Mori Art Museum, and Venice Biennale, among others.

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