Call for applications: MFA in Art fall 2017

Call for applications: MFA in Art fall 2017

SMU Meadows School of the Arts

MFA Site Seminar in Brazil, 2015. Courtesy of Noah Simblist.
November 14, 2016
Call for applications: MFA in Art fall 2017

Application deadline: February 1, 2017

Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
Owen Arts Center
6101 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205

The MFA offered by the Division of Art at SMU is a two-year program that prepares artists for professional careers as cultural producers. Students who earn the MFA in Art develop a substantial body of work of high quality and have a clear intellectual grasp of the broad contexts within which they and their work function. The degree is an intensive period of focused study, terminating with the MFA qualifying exhibition.

Full fellowships: SMU offers up to six full fellowshipseach year supplemented by teaching assistantships. Funds are also available for supplies and travel. This generous bulwark of support is offered to aid students in the development of their art practice so that they can begin their careers unencumbered by debt.

The MFA program is interdisciplinary so that students are free to explore a wide range of materials, processes and histories. Each year, the most competitive, ambitious and thoughtful artists are admitted—regardless of medium.

In addition to a core faculty with rigorous practices of their own, SMU’s Division of Art hosts an ongoing series of lectures and panels by an exciting group of artists, critics and curators. This series of discursive events is not only a crucial part of the graduate and undergraduate curricula, it also provides a space for the Dallas community to engage with art and ideas.

Visitors have included: Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Yael Bartana, Walead Beshty, Gregg Bordowitz, Tania Bruguera, Dan Byers, David Diao, Nicole Eisenman, Theaster Gates, K8 Hardy, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Guillermo Kuitca, Deana Lawson, Jill Magid, Dave McKenzie, Ute Meta Bauer, R.H. Quaytman, Walid Raad, Michael Smith, A. L. Steiner, Pablo Leon de la Barra, and Magali Arriola.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, home to the nation’s largest urban arts district, offers an exciting array of world-class institutions and collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Dallas Contemporary, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Warehouse and the Power Station.

Each year a series of programs are offered off campus, including the MFA Site Seminar, a week-long retreat held alternately in an international location and on the SMU campus in Taos, N.M. These intensive sessions are run by faculty along with visiting artists or scholars. In 2015, students traveled to Brazil to see the São Paulo Biennial as well as museums, galleries and studio visits. SMU also offers a New York Colloquium, during which students spend two weeks of winter break exploring museums and galleries.

Finally, at the end of the two-year MFA program, exceptional graduates are selected for a series of post-graduate fellowships including an exchange program with Dijon, France, which includes a studio, stipend and exhibition to further their work and research.

For more information contact:
Director of Graduate Admissions & Institutional Research, Joe Hoselton: [email protected] / T 214 768 3765


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