November 11, 2022

MFA Visual Arts information session

University of Chicago

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Rossiter.

The University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts invites you to attend our virtual MFA Visual Arts Information Session. Register here for an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and alumni and learn more about our two-year MFA program.

Program Overview:
The Department of Visual Arts (DoVA), a department within the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, and situated in The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, is proud to offer a Masters of Fine Arts.

This two-year MFA program is distinguished in its focused attention on understanding how the pluralism of today’s art making practices relate to one another, and also by its attention to creating conversations that bridge between DoVA and other areas of study at the University of Chicago. Our faculty members are diverse in their interests and at different points in their careers. All are committed teachers engaged in a lively and sustained dialogue within the department, and also deeply engaged with their own work.

Our students work in sculpture, photography, painting, installation, performance, video and new media. We admit students to the program based on the quality of the portfolio, and we take into account the level of interest and capacity in engaging this interdisciplinary program within a university environment. We focus on working with our students to develop their work and enabling them to leave the University with the tools to support a lifetime of art making. As part of this process we encourage students to explore not only the artistic issues pertinent to their work, but also the theoretical, social and historical issues that intersect and bracket it.

Faculty: Theaster Gates, Matthew Jesse Jackson (Chair), Laura Letinsky, Geof Oppenheimer, Julia Phillips, William Pope.L, Jason Salavon, David Schutter, Heather Smith, Jessica Stockholder, Catherine Sullivan.

Recent visitors: Kevin Beasley, Aki Sasamoto, Jordan Stein, Peggy Ahwesh, Meriem Bennani, John Preus, Emilio Fantin, Esteban King, Chantal Peñalosa, Guillermo Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra, Angela Washko, Raphael Chikukwa, Nayland Blake, Wong Ping, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Aliza Nisenbaum, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Martha Wilson, Jean-Ulrick Désert, T.J. Clark, Ara H. Merjian, Melanie Smith & more.

Upcoming programming: DoVA Alumni Discuss Artist-Run Spaces and Curation, Monday, November 14, 6pm (in-person only). Logan Center for the Arts, Penthouse Room 901. Presented by the Open Practice Committee and Logan Center Exhibitions.

To schedule an in-person tour or to learn more about our program and facilities, please contact: DoVA Office, T 773 753 4821, dova [​at​]

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