October 13, 2022

Call for applications & virtual open house: MFA in Visual Art

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

Carlos Salazar-Lermont, Sanctuary, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ MFA in Visual Art program is an interdisciplinary program offering students a site for rigorous inquiry, intellectual generosity, and professional preparedness.

Part of Washington University in St. Louis, a tier-one research university, our program is an inclusive, close-knit community of renegade makers and thinkers. Our expansive facilities and studios serve as a think tank for intellectual and material experimentation across disciplines within the School and the University. Learn about our curriculum, program chair, Lisa Bulawsky; and accomplished faculty mentors.

MFA-VA studios are located in Weil Hall, a LEED-Platinum facility. Students have access to numerous specialized spaces for making, including a 3D digital fabrication lab, a textile studio, an expansive printmaking suite—home to Island Press and the Kranzberg Book Studio—and much more. Studios are adjacent to the School's Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, which is currently hosting “Katharina Grosse Studio Paintings, 1988-2022: Returns, Revisions, Inventions” and serves as the site for the annual MFA-VA Thesis Exhibition.

We are proud of our location in St. Louis, a complex site that functions as both an extension of the studio and a site of engagement for art and artists. Learn about our Office for Socially Engaged Practice and the cultural scene in St. Louis.

Core faculty: Lisa Bulawsky (chair), Jamie Adams, Heather Bennett, Amy Hauft, Meghan Kirkwood, Arny Nadler, Patricia Olynyk, Tim Portlock, Jack Risley, Denise Ward-Brown, Cheryl Wassenaar, and Monika Weiss.

Fall 2022 visiting artists and critics include Derrick Adams, David Campany, Katharina Grosse, Meleko Mokgosi, Shana Moulton, and Shaun O’Dell.

Learn more about the MFA-VA program and register for the virtual open house where you can learn all about the program including generous scholarship availability.

Apply online by February 1, 2023.

Contact: Taylor Yocom, Graduate Recruitment Specialist, mfa-va [​at​]

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