Portland State University Department of Art: Call for Applications

Portland State University Department of Art: Call for Applications

Portland State University

December 14, 2009
Portland State University Department of Art: Call for Applications

Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice

Concentrations in Studio Practice and Art & Social Practice

Application deadline: February 1, 2010
Email: [email protected]


Art and Social Practice
Within the Art and Social Practice concentration, one of only three such programs in the country, students explore the social role of the artist and develop skills to transcend traditional boundaries through direct engagement with communities. Under the direction of artist Harrell Fletcher, the program takes the relationships between people and their surroundings as the impetus for a variety of projects in multiple media. Recent and upcoming opportunities to “work in the world” include an evening of interventions at the Portland Art Museum, a panel discussion at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. a group residency at Bétonsalon in Paris and a series of projects at Apexart in New York City.

Studio Practice
Students in Studio Practice engage in intensive, independent inquiry, combining disciplines or concentrating on a single discipline, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video or time-based media. Individual faculty discussions, peer critiques, seminars in current issues and contemporary art history and regular, individual studio sessions with the visiting artists and scholars of the Visiting Artist Program foster a challenging atmosphere for diverse exploration.

Individual studio spaces for Studio Practice students and group workspace for Social Practice students are provided for duration of the program. The Department of Art has multiple galleries, state-of-the-art computer graphics and multimedia facilities, a foundry, a welding studio, a printmaking studio with etching and lithography presses, a darkroom and wood and metal workshops. All members of the faculty are professional artists actively engaged in their respective fields.

Open Engagement: Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse”
May 14-17, 2010

In May, 2010, Portland State University’s MFA Art and Social Practice concentration will host a three-day conference featuring three nationally and internationally renowned artists: Mark Dion, Amy Franceschini and Nils Norman. The conference will showcase work by Temporary Services and InCUBATE, and a new project by Mark Dion created in collaboration with the students in PSU’s MFA in Contemporary Art Practice program. The conference will be an intensive, immersive, around-the-clock experience, approached as a social artwork in itself. See http://openengagement.info/

Art and Social Practice Faculty: Harrell Fletcher and Jennifer Delos Reyes.

Studio Practice Faculty: Pat Boas, Horia Boboia, Erik Geschke, William LePore

Visiting Artists and Scholars for 2009-10 include A.A. Bronson, George Kuchar, Swoon, Paul Ramirez Jones, Mel Ziegler, Laurel Nakadate, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Yood, Hank Willis Thomas and Sam Durant. Past visiting artists include Mark Dion, Andrea Zittel, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Frances Stark, matthew Higgs, Edgar Arcenezux, Julie Ault, Mark Beasley, Lucky Dragons, J. Morgan Puett, Michael Rakowitz, Dan Graham, Allan McCollum, San Keller, Byron Kim Lisa Sigal, Fritz Haeg, Robert Pruitt, Rigo 23, Jim Drain, Jo Jackson Chris Johanson, Young-Hae Chang HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Edgar Heap of Birds, Andrea Bowers, Mark Fisher and Temporary Services and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Master of Fine Art in Contemporary Practice
Application deadline: February 1, 2010
Information: http://pdx.edu/art/graduate-programs http://psusocialpractice.org/
Email: [email protected]

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