Image Text Ithaca at Ithaca College

The Image Text MFA at Ithaca College is a unique low-residency degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography. Our annual summer sessions begin with an exploratory workshop in which students collaborate with renowned artists, writers, curators and editors, followed by four weeks of intensive coursework. Students then work independently with their faculty mentors throughout the academic year, and gather each winter for one week in a major international cultural center (London in 2017; Mexico City in 2018).

Recent and upcoming iTi Faculty and Fellows include:

Stephanie Barber, Lucas Blalock, Tisa Bryant, Tony Cokes, Matthew Connors, Tonya Foster, Jason Fulford, C.S. Giscombe, Renee Gladman, Lucy Ives, John Keene, Claudia Rankine, Luke Stettner, Matvei Yankelevich, Hannah Whitaker, Carmen Winant and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa.

Core Faculty include Melissa Catanese, Bruno Ceschel, Ed Panar, Elana Schlenker and Program Directors Nicholas Muellner and Catherine Taylor.

Tuition fellowships for national and international applicants are available on a competitive basis, and room and board are provided free of charge for all accepted students during residential sessions. 

Graduate students work closely with the Image Text Ithaca Symposium (a two-day event that gathers internationally-known writers and photographers for a wide range of presentations) and the Image Text Ithaca Press, which publishes innovative text and image works by national and international writers and artists. We have released ten publications since 2015, including works by Claudia Rankine, John Keene, Tony Cokes, Christine Hume, Jo Ann Walters, Emma Kemp and Andre Bradley’s Dark Archives, which was shortlisted for both the Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Texte Book Award and the Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Award in 2016.

We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text- and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas, if not both.

Above: Andre Bradley, "Dark Archives, 1-41." Image Text Ithaca Press, 2015. Copyright Andre Bradley and ITI Press.



Low residency full-time MFA over 25 months, including three month-long summer sessions Ithaca, independent mentoring throughout the academic year, and a one-week winter session in a major cultural capital.


Writing, photography, and other lens-based media.

current faculty

Catherine Taylor, Nicholas Muellner, Bruno Ceschel, Elana Schlenker, Melissa Catanese, Ed Panar, Tisa Bryant, Stephanie Barber, Nydia Blas, Tonya Foster, Carmen Winant, Luke Stettner.

visiting artists

Jo Ann Walters, Jason Livingston, Emma Kemp