MFA Visual Arts program

MFA Visual Arts program

Lesley University

Judith Barry, For when all that was read was…so as not to be unknown, 2012. Codex | polyhedron book, mixed media.
August 31, 2012
MFA Visual Arts program


Accepting applications for 2013
Application deadline:
September 15 for January 2013 residency

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

The MFA in Visual Arts 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 a faculty advisor and a local studio mentor, to design their own studio and academic plans for each semester.

MFA Faculty, Student, and Alumni Highlights:
dOCUMENTA (13)—an international exhibition in Kassel, Germany from June 9 to September 16, 2012 featuring the work of over 160 artists from around the world. Judith Barry, Director of MFA in Visual Arts Program is participating in dOCUMENTA (13) along with Faculty member, Cesare Pietrousti, in addition to MFA Mentors Sam Durant, Joan Jonas, and Michael Rakowitz, and MFA in Visual Arts candidate Andrew Yang in collaboration with Christa Donner as part of the “The Worldly House,” curated by Tue Greenfort.

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

Fia Backstr
öm, MFA in Visual Arts Faculty represented Sweden in the Venice Biennial 2011.

Aris Moore, MFA in Visual Arts ’12 is exhibiting at the Jack Hanley Gallery, NYC from September 7 to September 29.

Amanda Nelsen, MFA in Visual Arts ’08, and Alison Williams, MFA in Visual Arts ’09
For two consecutive years, an AIB MFA student has won the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, awarded to only 10–15 graduating MFA students in painting and sculpture nationwide. Amanda Nelsen received the grant in 2008, and Alison Williams, in 2009

Upcoming Teleconferences:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
7pm [EST]
Q&A with MFA Faculty member and Admissions Counselor

Visiting Artist Faculty has included:
Kamrooz Aram, Cory Arcangel, Dike Blair, Liz Deschenes, Andreas Fogarasi, Adam McEwen, Carrie Moyer, Peter Rostovsky, Constanze Ruhm, 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.

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.

“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 Visual Arts, ’10

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

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