Interdisciplinary MFA for Sustainable Culture

Interdisciplinary MFA for Sustainable Culture

Hartford Art School

Christy Gast, Interdisciplinary MFA Thesis Advisor, Castorera (A Love Story) (video still), 2014.
October 7, 2015
Interdisciplinary MFA for Sustainable Culture

Priority deadline for application: January 15, 2016

The Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT is pleased to announce the new Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts, featuring the Nomad9 residencies.

The program
The Interdisciplinary MFA is a low-residency, cross-disciplinary Master of Fine Arts with a focus on sustainable culture. Its 62-credit curriculum presents courses in contemporary art, ecology, urbanism, history, and technology (from craft to code). This program of study prepares artists for a life of engaged studio and civic practice, and reflects the dynamic balance of production, inquiry and cross-discipline collaborations in contemporary art and the world at large.

The program is based on an open outcome philosophy. The MFA curriculum supports many types of art practices, including (but not limited to) eco art, social practice, community art, and work that explores craft and technology traditions. This curriculum prepares artists for ambitious creative processes and enhances an artist’s ability to gain funding, develop career opportunities, and attain employment in a variety of public and private sectors. The program culminates with a thesis exhibition, a written thesis, and a public artwork made for the city of Hartford by the students working with a distinguished visiting artist.

The Nomad9 residencies
On-site intensives called the Nomad9 residencies provide MFA candidates with an innovative engaged-learning curriculum. The residencies are scheduled in locations across the Americas and provide a living classroom through which students can study contemporary art, history and culture. Students will participate in three Nomad9 residencies per year. Between sessions, students work in their home studios under the guidance of a thesis advisor.

Visiting artists and faculty
Visiting artists will include Mark Dion, Hope Ginsburg and Pablo Helguera. Faculty for the program will include Cat Balco, Amanda Carlson, Christy Gast, Gene Gort, Amanda Lovelee, Carol Padberg, Ernesto Pujol, Linda Weintraub and Nico Wheadon.

Scholarships and admissions
A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be awarded.
Interdisciplinary MFA admission is conducted on a rolling basis beginning in November, 2015 for the cohort that begins in the summer of 2016. The priority deadline for application is January 15, 2016. Applications will be considered until the class is full.

About the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
The Hartford Art School has a rich history, beginning with its founding in 1877 by a virtual who’s who of late 19th-century Hartford women. These visionary individuals included Harriet Beecher Stowe, the abolitionist writer; Olivia Clemens, the wife of Mark Twain; Elizabeth Colt, the president of Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company; Susan Warner, the wife of the owner of the Hartford Courant; and Mary Bushnell Cheney of Cheney Silk Mills.

In 1957, the Hartford Art School merged with the Hartt School and Hillyer College to form the University of Hartford. Today, the University has seven colleges, 4,600 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of 7,000 students, including graduate and professional programs. Hartford Art School students have the best of both worlds. They are enrolled in a rigorous professional studio-based program that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Our 350 undergraduate BFA and 90 graduate MFA students have access to a large university library, university-wide lectures, expertise in other colleges, as well as outstanding music, theater and dance concerts held throughout the year.


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