Art Lecture Series

Art Lecture Series

Mills College

Kate Pruitt, You Think It’s Like This, But It’s Like That (detail), 2017. Photo: Phil Bond. 

August 24, 2017
Art Lecture Series
October 11, 2017–March 28, 2018
Mills College Art Museum
5000 Macarthur Blvd.
94609 Oakland CA

Mills College is pleased to announce the lineup of the 2017–2018 Art Lecture Series!

Organized each year in conjunction with the Studio Art MFA program and the Department of Art and Visual Culture, this lecture series allows our students and faculty to invite contemporary artists to campus in order to gain greater perspective on current ideas and practices in the contemporary art world.

Lectures made possible with generous support from the Herringer Family Foundation, Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism, The Corenah Wright Fund for Visiting Artists, and the Technology and Society Lecture Series Fund.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Nayland Blake
Wednesday, October 11
7:30pm, Danforth Lecture Hall

Larry Rinder
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm
Lucie Stern Hall

Isaac Julien
Thursday, November 30, 7pm
Danforth Lecture Hall

Anja Ulfeldt
Wednesday, January 31, 7pm
Danforth Lecture Hall

Takahiro Yamamoto
Wednesday, February 28, 7pm
Danforth Lecture Hall

Chris Duncan
Wednesday, March 28, 7pm
Danforth Lecture Hall

About Mills College Studio Art MFA
Mills College’s MFA program in Studio Art provides artists with both a formal and a conceptual foundation in contemporary art. Mills’ interdisciplinary community of artists provides the perfect setting for the development of a personal practice and professional engagement in contemporary art dialogue.

In the context of a small liberal arts college, students receive individual attention from Mills’ distinguished professors and visiting artists. Admission into this two-year graduate program is competitive and designed to facilitate personal, artistic growth and meet the demanding standards of the profession.

Students are encouraged to work across disciplines, but select a focus among painting, sculpture, installation, photography, intermedia, sound, new genres, video, and electronic arts. Mills College houses excellent studios for all of these disciplines. Other resources include the Mills College Art Museum, sculpture labs, digital computer lab, video suites, and both dark room and state of the art digital printing labs.

Graduate students in studio art also enjoy spacious, private studios during the entire two years of their program. Students are required to work in these on-campus studios to facilitate interaction with fellow artists, faculty, and both visiting artists and scholars.

Substantial Graduate Fellowships in the first year and Teaching Assistantships in the second year are offered.

The MFA program culminates in a thesis exhibition of student work in the Mills College Art Museum, which draws substantial interest from the Bay Area arts community including local gallerists, curators and critics. 

Studio Art and Art History Faculty: Meryl Bailey, James Fei, Samara Halperin, Stephanie Hanor (Director, Mills College Art Museum), Mary-Ann Milford, Yulia Pinkusevich, Chris Sollars, and Catherine Wagner.

Studio Art Adjunct Faculty: Jennifer Brandon, Chris Fraser, Glen Helfand, Sandra Ono, Will Rogan, Kari Marboe.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018
More information: MFA program / MFA blog / Mills College Art Museum
Contact: T +1 510 430 3309 / grad-admission [​at​]

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

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