Call for Applications: MFA Visual Arts program, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

Call for Applications: MFA Visual Arts program, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

Lesley University

October 7, 2011
Call for Applications: MFA Visual Arts program, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

Application deadline for January 2012 residency: October 22, 2011*

*Deadline has been extended due to popular demand

MFA in Visual Arts program
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. This MFA program builds on the traditions of collaboration, innovation, and strength in the arts that characterize existing AIB and Lesley programs. It also benefits from the success of Lesley’s low-residency model, a longstanding feature of several Lesley programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners.


Over the course of four semesters and five residencies, students learn to devise their own methodology for producing a focused plan of ongoing studio work and research, earning 15 credits per semester. During these intensive residencies, studio work, as outlined in each semester’s study-plan contract, is evaluated for credit through critiques with faculty members, visiting artists, and peers. Academic studies are addressed through seminars, lectures, and planning sessions with academic advisors. During the semester, students’ work, both academic and studio, is supervised by both a local studio mentor and MFA faculty advisor. Studio components are 48 credits and academic components are 12 credits, for a total of 60 credits.


The MFA in Visual Arts program is fully accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is the only low-residency program based on the two 10-day residencies to be approved by NASAD. Lesley University is licensed by many states’ Commission on Higher Education to offer programs in those states.


MFA in Visual Arts Upcoming Events:


National Graduate Portfolio Days
Sunday, October 9, 2011 (San Francisco, CA)
Saturday, October 29, 2011 (NYC, NY)
Sunday, November 6, 2011 (Chicago, IL)


Open House + Portfolio Review
October 15, 2011 (Cambridge, MA)


International, national, and regional accolades:
Judith Barry, MFA in Visual Arts Program Director, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2011 academic year.


For two consecutive years, 2008 and 2009, two AIB MFA students have won the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, awarded to only 10–15 graduating MFA students in painting and sculpture nationwide.


“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


Visiting Artist Faculty has included: Kamrooz Aram, Cory Arcangel, Dike Blair, Andreas Fogarasi, Adam McEwen, Carrie Moyer, Barry Schwabsky, and Carol Squiers.


Recent Visitors include: Nayland Blake, Holly Block, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Charlesworth, Vincent Desiderio, Thomas Eggerer, Maureen Gallace, Renée Green, Dana Hoey, Jacqueline Humphries, Barbara London, Tony Matelli, Annu Matthew, Rita McBride, Marilyn Minter, Rebecca Morris, Alexis Rockman, and Wendy White.


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


Application deadline for January 2012 residency: October 22, 2011*


* Deadline has been extended due to popular demand


Email: [email protected]


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