Call for applications: MFA in Studio Art

Call for applications: MFA in Studio Art

Montclair State University, College of the Arts

Amer Kobaslija, “Nainowaki Residential Area” May 7 II, 2012. (Montclair State University MFA ’05 alum, Guggenheim Fellow ’13, represented by George Adams Gallery.)
February 20, 2014
Call for applications: MFA in Studio Art

Application deadline: Priority consideration will be given to students applying by April 1, 2014

University Graduate Open House: February 23, noon; register here

Montclair State University
Department of Art and Design
MFA in Studio Art
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

T +1 973 655 4151
[email protected]

Program profile
The Montclair State University MFA in Studio Art is a rigorous two-year interdisciplinary program designed to offer artists a critical, conceptual and intellectual framework to experiment and develop their practice. Offering a wide array of comprehensive and individualized training in art theory, history, criticism and practice, the program provides students with vital skills to pursue their artistic vision and work across a diversity of mediums. Throughout the program, students are immersed in a dynamic environment of creative dialogue with leading faculty and one-on-one mentoring with visiting artists and critics.

All students have access to a spacious private studio, plus usage of expansive facilities in all art and design areas, including photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, painting and more. The program offers exhibition opportunities for students to showcase their progress at a dedicated MFA gallery as well as a major graduation exhibition held in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. Leveraging our close proximity to New York City (just 14 miles away), the curriculum includes weekly field trips to leading art institutions and an ever-increasing number of professional networking opportunities. 

The program further prepares artists to develop thriving and sustainable careers that advance their art. We place a special emphasis on training and individualized advice on portfolio development, project planning and management, budgeting and financial management, fundraising and grant writing, website development and marketing, legal issues for artists, pricing and selling work, among others. 

Merit-based scholarships are available to a select number of candidates.

MSU’s MFA studio faculty
Under the new leadership of Department of Art and Design Chair, Dr. Aissa Deebi, and Dr. Andrew Atkinson, Director, MFA program. Faculty include Julie Heffernan, Nancy Goldring, and Iain Kerr.

Visiting artists and critics
Eleanor Heartney, Shirin Neshat, Mark Dion, Fred Tomaselli, Ann Hamilton, Leonardo Drew, Wangechi Mutu, Hank Willis Thomas, Saya Woolfalk, William Villalonga, Dana Schutz, Nick Cave, Carlo McCormick, Steve DiBenedetto, John Ensor Parker, Adam Putnam, Jennie Jones, James Clark, Steve Mumford, William Carroll, Radhika Subramaniam and Murtaza Vali

For further information
For more information about the MFA in Studio Art program or to ask questions about the application and portfolio guidelines, please complete our request form.

About Montclair State University
Montclair State University is the New Jersey university that provides the ideal combination of a suburban campus environment with the advantages of New York City—giving talented and ambitious students unparalleled access to excellent academic programs. The MFA in Studio Art resides in the University’s College of the Arts which, in addition, includes more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in art and design, communication and media, theatre and dance and music.


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