Call for applications:
full-time MFA in
Visual Arts program

Call for applications:
full-time MFA in
Visual Arts program

Lesley University

Oliver Wasow, MFA in Visual Arts Faculty, from his Artist Unknown project.
June 5, 2013
Call for applications: low-residency full-time MFA in Visual Arts program

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
700 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215

The MFA in Visual Arts, a full-time, low-residency program offered by The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University provides the ideal solution for artists, teachers, and professionals in related fields who are seeking professional advancement in the field of visual arts. The MFA program allows students, with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors, to design their own studio and academic plan each semester as they broaden their knowledge of contemporary art, art history, and critical theory over four semesters, two years of concentrated study.

Application deadline for Spring 2014: September 15, 2013

Residency Visit Day: June 22, 2013
Visiting artists talks: June 24–27, 2013

“The residency atmosphere is intense with non-stop honest input and feedback. The combined voices of my advisors, studio mentors, and classmates have brought big changes in my work. I’ve never worked harder.”
–Anne Baumgartner, MFA ’10

“The MFA program helped me see my work in new ways—ways that opened up opportunities for serious change.”
–R.J. Calabrese, MFA ’09

Faculty include:
Anthony Apesos, Jan Avgikos, Fia Backström, Hannah Barrett, Judith Barry, Deborah Davidson, John Kramer, Michael Newman, Cesare Pietroiusti, Sunanda K. Sanyal, Ben Sloat, Laurel Sparks, Stuart Steck, Oliver Wasow, and Deb Todd Wheeler

Recent Visiting Faculty Professors (one–two semester appointments) have included:
Kamrooz Aram, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Cory Arcangel, Dike Blair, Beth Campbell, Liz Deschenes, Andreas Fogarasi, Adam McEwen, Carrie Moyer, Peter Rostovsky, Constanze Ruhm, Matt Saunders, Julia Scher, Barry Schwabsky, and Carol Squiers

Recent visitors include:
Nayland Blake, Dawoud Bey, Holly Block, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Charlesworth, Vincent Desiderio, Thomas Eggerer, Maureen Gallace, Renée Green, Dana Hoey, Jacqueline Humphries, Joan Jonas, Barbara London, Tony Matelli, Dorit Magareiter, Annu Matthew, Helen Mirren, Rita McBride, Allan McCollum, Marilyn Minter, Rebecca Morris, Alexis Rockman, Lynne Tillman, and Wendy White

MFA Faculty, student, and alumni highlights:

Maggie Holmes, MFA Student is a 2013 recipient of a 10,000 USD artist’s initiative grant in photography from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), is Visiting Professor Faculty for Spring 2013 semester.

Edie Bresler (MFA ’10), selected as an Artist in Residence by the Boston Center for the Arts for Spring 2013. She is also the recipient of a 2013 recipient of a Berkshire Taconic ART grant.

Liz Deschenes, MFA Visiting Professor Faculty, was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Lauren Cross (MFA ’10) is a 2013 recipient of a Fort Worth Weekly Annual Visionary Award.

Judith Barry, Director of MFA in Visual Arts Program and Faculty Member Cesare Pietrousti participated in dOCUMENTA (13) as did MFA Mentors Sam Durant, Joan Jonas, and Michael Rakowitz, and MFA in Visual Arts candidate Andrew Yang.

Amanda Nelsen, MFA ’08, and Alison Williams, MFA ’09
were awarded Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants in painting and sculpture nationwide in 2008, and in 2009, respectively.

The MFA in Visual Arts program is fully accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

For more information including application information and to request an MFA in Visual Arts Viewbook, please contact Liana Caffrey at [email protected] or T 617 349 8201 or visit

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