Call for MFA applications

Call for MFA applications

School of Art & Art History at University of Illinois Chicago

Courtesy of Dan Peterman.
November 21, 2015
Call for MFA applications

Application deadlines:  December 15, 2015 (priority deadline for financial aid) and February 1, 2016

UIC Department of Art
M/C 201
929 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607

The School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 admission to its highly competitive MFA program. Located in one of the nation’s most diverse, public, urban, research universities, the School was founded on the principle that history, theory and practice are intimately entwined endeavors. We are home to world-renowned artists and scholars, who are equally committed to their research, practice and teaching. Our programs ignite intellectual and creative curiosity, empowering students to expand the boundaries of what is possible. Students are actively encouraged to engage departments across the university as well as the cosmopolitan city of Chicago. Students work across media-specific disciplines where individual research and studio work are complemented by collaborative efforts and socially relevant public projects and civic engagement.

The Master of Fine Art (MFA) program in Moving Image, New Media Arts, Photography, and Studio Arts is an intimate program: each student occupies studio space onsite in Art & Exhibition Hall, and students receive extensive feedback, critique, and dialogue. The dynamic viewpoints of the faculty and students at our urban public university foster a rich intellectual and artistic ecology.

The curriculum is designed to provide a rigorous theoretical and conceptual background to augment your studio practice and help develop your work within an interdisciplinary context that reflects the global art world. You will work with active, committed and demanding artists and faculty, develop lasting peer relationships, and have opportunities to engage in the classroom with our diverse undergraduates. These experiences will empower you to transform yourself—and the world—through your work.

Additionally, we are home to Gallery 400, a contemporary art gallery that is an important resource that provides culturally transformative experiences through exhibitions and dynamic programming. Gallery 400’s Voices Lecture Series is a premier forum in Chicago for discourse in the field of art and design practice. In an 80-seat lecture room, Gallery 400 annually presents between 10 and 18 lectures. Discussing timely ideas, significant artists, critics, designers, curators, and historians engage audiences in their creative and conceptual processes.

Our renowned MFA faculty include:
Julia Fish, Dianna Frid, Beate Geissler, Doug Ischar, Silvia Malagrino, Matthew Metzger, Dan Peterman, Sabrina Raaf, Jennifer Reeder, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Deborah Stratman and Tony Tasset.

Visiting artists and lecturers have included:
Conrad Bakker, AA Bronson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Renée Green, Ernesto Oroza, Steve Reinke, Dexter Sinister, Stephanie Syjuco, Temporary Services, Nato Thompson, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Andrea Zittel.

Alumni include:
Nina Barnett, Liliana Angulo Cortés, Ian Curry, Chaz Evans, Kasia Houlihan, Benjamin Keddy, Mark Kent,Brendan Meara,Alex Rauch, Macon Reed, Andrew Reinke, Daniel Shea, and Daniel Tucker.

Prospective MFA applicants are also invited to attend the MFA end of semester critiques. These take place in early December and early May.

Application deadlines 
The next term for which you may apply to enroll is fall 2016.
December 15: Priority deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Department
February 1: Regular application deadline
The final application deadline for all programs is February 1.

For information, contact:
UIC Department of Art: T +312 996 3337 / [email protected]
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Anthony Tasset: [email protected]



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