December 6, 2021

MFA programs: call for applications

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

John Hee Taek Chae, Good Faith, 2021. Oil on paper, thread, wood, plastic, inkjet on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Luis Vasquez La Roche, Epidermis Glistened like a Newly-blacked Boot, 2018. Performance view. Gunpowder, palm oil, and lemon juice. Photo: Natalie Josten.

View of Natalia Mejia Murillo studio. Courtesy VCUarts Painting and Printmaking. Photo: Holly Morrison.

Left: Connor Marie Stankard, Ocula, 2020. Oil on panel, 50 x 38 inches. Right: Placenta Variations. Oil on canvas, 64 x 44 inches. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Millikin, For Katharina Kepler, 2019. Two-channel video projection mapping, 3D modeled virtual environment, artificial intelligence trained on red blood cells and astronomical objects, cardboard VR viewer, phosphorescent 3D print, phosphorescent duct tape, chain, your body, your body's shadow, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Kazue Taguchi, Freie Freischwimmer, 2012. Silver and gold plastic sheeting, led light, motor, dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Sara Bouchard, Breathe, River, 2019. Four-channel sound installation. Installation view, Byrd Park Pump House, Richmond, VA. With support by a grant from CultureWorks Richmond. Courtesy of the artist.

View of Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo studio. Courtesy VCUarts Painting and Printmaking. Photo: Holly Morrison.

The VCU School of the Arts graduate program offers an exemplary and affordable opportunity for artists to develop their practice through intensive studio practice, critique, immersive seminars in theory and criticism, and teaching experience. As a top art and design graduate school, we are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community committed to working in an inclusive environment. We strongly encourage MFA applications from all racial, ethnic, gender, and social identities.

VCUarts graduate programs are collaboratively directed by an accomplished faculty whose creative work and pedagogical approaches transcend disciplinary boundaries. The rigor of graduate work is upheld within a supportive environment that allows oneself to fully feel, examine, question and doubt—while also producing work that variously prompts new insight, challenges perceived proclamations, and/or calls attention to pressing contemporary issues and their deep historical roots.

Artmaking, scholarly research, creative performance—these are simultaneously private endeavors and means to connect. Resonant connections arise from an annual roster of acclaimed visiting artists and guest speakers, as well as alumni across the country and around the globe.

We believe artists have prescience, are engaged in displacing the legacy of colonialism, and question how to live and work in the present moment while shifting through the debris of the past and the precarity of the planet. Richmond, Virginia, is an excellent basis for research. It is one of the region’s most culturally vibrant cities and a vital part of the graduate experience. The city is home to the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, numerous galleries, and performing arts venues. It’s also a quick trip to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Funding and Teaching Assistant opportunities
Applicants, including international students, are eligible and considered for graduate teaching and research assistantships. In addition, VCUarts offers a number of professional development opportunities including travel and research grants.

Please see the VCUarts website for more information and application details, or contact artsgrad [​at​]

Graduate departments: Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography & Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art History, Art Education.

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