Illinois State University School of Art

Illinois State University School of Art

Illinois State University School of Art

Alex Hogan, MFA Photography, “Dave Holding the Rockford Lights”, 2011, Archival pigment print, 20″x24″.
January 11, 2012
Illinois State University School of Art

The Illinois State University School of Art is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2012 term.
MFA in the Studio Arts
M.A. in Visual Culture
M.A./M.S. in Art Education


Review of applications for fall semester will begin February 1.  After the priority deadline, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.  For additional information and application requirements, visit


The School of Art at Illinois State University is offering full tuition waivers and graduate assistantships for candidates in the MA and MFA programs.  Financial support is provided to all students, and the majority of students receive full tuition waivers and assistantships for all of their tenure.


Located in Normal, Illinois, approximately two hours south of Chicago, the School of Art offers students an excellent faculty, extensive facilities, visiting artist residencies and lectures, and individual graduate spaces for studio students.


The highly accomplished and diverse faculty of the School of Art teach a wide range of courses and represent a broad array of media and disciplines. The School of Art is a part of the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the School of Music and the School of Theater.


MFA in the Studio Arts
The MFA program has approximately twenty-five students working in a multi-disciplinary program (ceramics, glass, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, woods/metals) within a large university setting, and provides highly motivated and gifted visual artists the opportunity to work intensively toward their development as artists. This three-year program provides students with the necessary time and a supportive atmosphere to develop a mature body of work by exploring the relationship between active studio practice and rigorous intellectual inquiry.


M.A. in Visual Culture
The sequence in Visual Culture offers graduate students an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study and analysis of artistic and cultural production throughout history. In addition to the study of canonical works of art, the MA in Visual Culture allows for the examination of objects and images that have not fit into the traditional boundaries of art history. The program provides a rigorous foundation in a range of critical, cultural and visual theories and methodologies, using approaches from a number of established disciplines, and has affiliated faculty from across the university.


M.A./M.S. in Art Education
The sequence in Art Education emphasizes both theory and practice in art education. Theoretical ideas are explored through both historical and contemporary models with an emphasis on practical classroom education. Students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s in studio art can pursue an MS in Art Education while working towards certification.


University Galleries
Widely recognized for organizing exhibitions that explore art’s evolving sociological and technological parameters, University Galleries presents a diverse and critical survey of contemporary art, with exhibitions and publications featuring both emerging and established artists. Artists with recent solo exhibitions include: Irena Knezevic, Oliver Herring, Michelle Grabner, Dzine, Jason Lazarus, Siebren Versteeg, and Stephanie Brooks. (


Visiting Artist Program
The School of Art hosts a number of distinguished national and international visiting artists for long-term residencies of up to four weeks, and short-term engagements of up to two days. Visiting artists interact with students through one-on-one studio visits as well as workshops and participation in the Visiting Artist Seminar course, which is offered each semester.  Recent visitors include: Jerry Saltz, Lisa Sanditz, Ingrid Schaffner, Brian Sholis, Maya Hayuk, Katrin Strobel, Zoe Crosher, Jonathan Van Dyke, Oliver Herring, Shinique Smith, Corey Escoto, and many others. (


School of Art
College of Fine Arts
Campus Box 5620
Normal, Il 61790-5620
(309) 438-5621
Email: [email protected]


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