Call for applications

Call for applications

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University

Kelly Stevenson, Ungrounded, 2014. Ceramic stoneware, wood, encaustic, acrylic, grafite; 25.5 x 33 x 15 inches.
December 17, 2014
Call for applications

MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History and MAEd in Art Education

Application deadline: January 15, 2015

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
117 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment. The Welch School offers an MA in Art History, a MAEd in Art Education and an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

The MFA degree is NASAD accredited. All MFA accepted students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of teaching assistantships. Numerous MA/MAEd research assistantships are granted with equal benefits.

Graduate assistantships are available for all accepted students in the MFA Studio programs and the MA in Art History and MAEd in Art Education programs.

MFA candidates are eligible for competitive fellowships including the premium Welch Fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to their regular stipend and full tuition waiver.

Third-year studio graduates will be exposed to signature events such as international art fairs. This is the fourth consecutive year that Welch School MFA candidates are featured at Aqua Art Miami. The presentation is accompanied by an exhibition catalog authored by the Art History graduates and established curators/writers. This real world experience results in networking, exhibition opportunities, gallery representation and the sale of their artwork.


The Welch Foundation supports the graduate program at GSU by sponsoring the Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture series, a biannual Artist-in-Residence program and the Welch Symposium. The 2014 fall visiting artists included: Math Bass, Lucas Blalock, Ryan McLaughlin Claire Pentecost, Karsten Lund, Nnenna Okore, Young Min Moon, Lauren Levato Coyne and Bibiana Obler.

The Welch Galleries support the curriculum by curating regional, national and international art exhibitions and providing a venue for solo thesis exhibitions. The galleries also host presentations and panel discussions, providing students with personal access to professional artists and scholars.

All MFA Studio majors are provided with 24-hour access to shared studio space, which allows for creative exploration and research in their area of study.

Graduate students collaborate with renowned faculty in a diverse and vibrant urban setting.

Core faculty
Stan Anderson, George Beasley, Jeffrey Boortz, Kimberly Cleveland, Ryan Crooks, Melanie Davenport, John Decker, William Downs, Craig Dongoski, Craig Drennen, Tim Flowers, Nancy Floyd, Jill Frank, Ralph Gilbert, Maria Gindhart, Glenn Gunhouse, Dawn Haynie, Kevin Hsieh, Jess Jones, Gyewon Kim, Pam Longobardi, Melody Milbrandt, Joe Peragine, Susan Richmond, Jason Snape, Ruth Stanford, Matthew Sugarman, Paige Taylor, Constance Thalken, Elizabeth Throop, Christina West, Michael White, and Mike Wsol.

Visiting lecturers
Gabrielle Duggan, Andrew Jackson, Stephanie Kolpy, Galen Olmsted, Jennifer Siegler and Katherine Taylor.

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta. This urban campus provides access to prestigious art institutions such as the High Museum and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, and a growing network of commercial galleries, alternative spaces and grassroots artist organizations.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015. For further information please visit or contact Graduate Director Dr. John Decker at T +1 404 413 5229 or [email protected].


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