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October 31, 2022

Graduate studies virtual open house

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Katherine Thompson, Black in Y&M, 2022. Archival images, gels, archival pigment prints. Courtesy of the artist.

Francheska Alcantara, ...An Already Dreamed State//Already Dreaming State//Already..., 2019. CNC routed frames, mirrors, cables, found objects, stage lights, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist.

Seren Moran. Courtesy VCUarts Painting and Printmaking Department.

muthi reed, Again Black Again, 2022. Sound, video, light, dimensions variable. Photo: Terry Brown.

muthi reed, Again Black Again, 2022. Sound, video, light, dimensions variable, Photo: Terry Brown.

Pacifico Silano. Photo: Fanxi Sun.

Natalia Mejia Murillo, “Projections” 2022, woodcuts printed with eggshell powder and graphite powder on paper, pendulum, and spheres in glass, 120” x 66” x 60” Photo: courtesy of the artist

Natalia Mejia Murillo, Projections (detail), 2022. Woodcut on paper, sphere in blown glass, 120 x 66 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Graduate open house: Saturday, November 12, 1–2:30pm EST (virtual)
Graduate national portfolio day: Sunday, November 20, 6–10pm EST (virtual)
Application deadline, international applicants: December 15, 2022
Application deadline, USA residents: January 15, 2023

VCUarts invites you to attend our virtual graduate student open house. Register here for an opportunity to meet with graduate faculty, find the program that’s right for you and hear about VCUarts graduate programs.

The VCU School of the Arts’ MFA is a vital, inclusive community of artists and scholars. The studio program offers students the opportunity to pay close attention, engage in heightened critique, and scrutinize what has been overlooked and disregarded. To dig into what has been unacknowledged, inadequately redressed. To consider the serendipitous, the sublime. Or to delve deeply into one’s interiority, affinities, historical inheritance.

The current moment embodies an undeniable, palpable shift. In anticipation of a post-pandemic—what comes next, who decides, what alternatives might be realized? These questions, at this moment, point to a particular urgency of creative discourse that is at the core of VCUarts Graduate Studies—an international community of thinkers, makers, performers, teachers, and scholars who collectively and perpetually explore uncertainties, consider alternatives, and compel others to do the same.

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 feel, examine thoroughly, 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 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, and alumni across the country and around the globe.

Funding and Teaching Assistant opportunities:
Applicants to all graduate programs are eligible and considered for graduate teaching and research assistantships. Funding also supports graduate travel and research grants.

Join us for a graduate studies virtual open house on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 1–2:30pm EST. Register to receive a Zoom link. See here for more information on graduate national portfolio day.

Participating 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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