Joanna Spitzner, Director
Barbara Walter, Peter Beasacker, Dusty Herbig, Sam Van Aken, Joanna Spitzner, Juan Juarez
The Master of Fine Arts program in Studio Arts prepares students with diverse studio backgrounds to become confident arts practitioners that can make a difference in the world through applying their skills and knowledge. Students are encouraged to celebrate ideas and creative risk-taking through their chosen studio focus but also through the inter-disciplinary and collaborative activity taking the students beyond the obvious, as they meet the often unpredictable and certainly challenging possibilities that are offered as they test, and interrogate, make and confidently reflect on their practice. In an intensive program of seminars and critiques, students will engage in theoretical and contextual understanding supporting them to launch their careers in the creative industries. Students may complete the award of Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts on a 2-year or 3-year program. On the 2-year program, students may take advantage of the Maymester summer program to gain credits. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the graduate residency program after completion of a minimum of 51 credits. Graduate studies are enhanced by an extensive visiting artist, critics and curator program. M.F.A. candidates have the opportunity to have close contact with professional artists and research-active faculty through lectures and individual studio critiques.
Graduate study in Studio Arts may be directed toward an intensive in ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, performance, printmaking, sculpture and/or time arts, or an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary practices.