Call for graduate applications

Call for graduate applications

Purchase College, State University of New York

Works from 2017 MFA in Visual Arts thesis exhibitions: Tal Beery, D. Brian Burns II, Carmelita Diaz, Eliza Evans, Ashley Frato, Melinda Kiefer, Paul Clark Minor, & Zoey B Scheler.

November 7, 2017
Call for graduate applications
MFA group exhibition: November 29–December 15
Purchase College, State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
United States
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–5pm

Purchase College offers three separate two-year-long master’s degrees that encourage interdisciplinarity: the MFA in Media Arts & Culture; the MFA in Visual Arts; and the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory. In addition, students may opt for a three-year MFA/MA degree that combines the latter two programs.

As part of the State University of New York system, Purchase College is committed to the notion of public education that combines academic excellence and affordability. Enriching their experience, students have access to the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College’s campus museum and the eighth largest university museum in the country; to a renowned Performing Arts Center; and to various Westchester-based spaces that combine exhibition, performance and community engagement.

The MFA in Media Arts & Culture: Working collaboratively and individually under the guidance of faculty members who are leaders in the New York City media arts communities, students create media art that is rigorously theorized, historically reflective, and socially engaged—responding to the most urgent social, political and cultural issues of our times. The Media Arts & Culture curriculum regards art as a critical inquiry and explores emerging technologies as media for creative expression. Courses span time-based media, internet and network-based art, expanded photography, computational art, media installation, data visualization, research-based art, new documentary and other modes of contemporary practice.

The MFA in Visual Arts is a small and highly selective interdisciplinary program that fosters the artistic, intellectual, and professional growth of students through a melding of independent studio work and rigorous academic studies. State-of-the-art facilities include photography, video and digital labs, a woodshop and metal shop, and printmaking and letterpress studios. A half-hour south, the vast art communities in New York City play a crucial role in curricular and extracurricular activities. Students present a culminating exhibition at a New York gallery in one of the city’s thriving arts neighborhoods. The 2018 thesis show will take place at Equity Gallery, Manhattan, Lower East Side.

The MA program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory offers a two-year progression designed to immerse students in the history of the discipline, its methodologies, and its challenges, and to prepare them to engage in contemporary debates about art’s roles in society and its critical capacities. Thinking globally, the curriculum attends to the flows of arts practices within and across borders. The program augments its course offerings with an object-based approach, incorporating into the curriculum the collection and exhibitions of the internationally acclaimed Neuberger Museum of Art, a top ten university art museum within the United States. The MA program offers a concentration in museum and curatorial studies, which features historical and theoretical training, as well as hands-on experience with exhibition projects at both the Neuberger Museum of Art and nearby New York City arts institutions.

Joint MFA/MA degree Students may apply for a joint MFA/MA degree, in Visual Art and Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory, with the art history requirements completed in a third year of study.

A vibrant community of makers and thinkers
Graduate students have the opportunity to interface with over 35 full time faculty working in all areas. Additionally, students have access to a robust visiting artist and curator lecture series which encourages a rigorous and diverse public conversation for the academic community. Visiting practitioners, recent and upcoming, include Ann Agee, Doug Ashford, Huma Bhabha, David Brooks, A.K. Burns, Adam Cvijanovic, David Altmejd, Chitra Ganesh, Barnaby Furnas, David Humphrey, Martin Kersels, Jon Kessler, Catherine Lord, Suzanne McClelland, Carlos Motta, Sarah Oppenheimer, Virginia Overton, Sheila Pepe, Gilad Ratman, Lucy Raven, Amanda Ross-Ho, Raphael Rubinstein, Barry Schwabsky, Michael St. John, Kara Rooney, and Dread Scott, among many others.

Financial assistance
Purchase College’s position in the State University of New York system offers a significant financial advantage. Half- to full-tuition scholarships are available, depending on residency status. Teaching stipends may supplement costs of attendance. Students can expect to pay significantly less than one-half the cost of attendance of equivalent private graduate programs.

For application information
Garrett Marino, Associate Director of Admissions: T +1 914 251 6300 / garrett.marino [​at​]
The online application can be found here.

American G*rl: MFA group exhibition
November 29–December 15
Curated by Faye Hirsch  

RSVP for Call for graduate applications
Purchase College, State University of New York
November 7, 2017

Thank you for your RSVP.

Purchase College, State University of New York will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.