Call for graduate applications: Social Practice Queens

Call for graduate applications: Social Practice Queens

Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Cody Ann Herrmann, This is Your Waterfront, 2017. Tactical Intervention, Willets Point. Courtesy of the artist.

October 11, 2018
Call for graduate applications: Social Practice Queens

Application deadline: November 15, 2018, 11:59pm
Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY)
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
11367 Flushing NY

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration and Advanced Post-Graduate Certificate program bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College CUNY, with the dedicated community activism of the Queens Museum.

Degrees offered
Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art (54 credit) with a concentration in Social Practice Art
Advanced Post-Graduate Certificate in Critical Social Practice (24 credit)

Fall admission:
March 15
Spring admission: November 15

The MFA concentration and Advanced Certificate Program in social practice integrate studio work with social, tactical, interventionist, and cooperative forms. SPQ’s goal is to initiate interdisciplinary projects with real world outcomes rooted in CUNY’s rigorous departmental offerings in tandem with the Queens Museum’s ongoing community engagement programs. Recently SPQ has developed a cross-disciplinary partnership with the Queens College Department of Urban Studies to merge an education in urban research and service learning with strategies in new genre public and community arts. SPQ is looking for students seeking to work at the intersection of, and explore the relationship between, art and social action, as well as for public practitioners already active in this area who wish to further concentrate their work in a hybrid academic and community-based setting.

Every MFA candidate enjoys a large, private workspace with 24-hour access to wood, metal, plaster, ceramic, digital and traditional photo facilities, 3D printing, and an on-site bronze foundry, that is unique within the CUNY system. In addition each SPQ student receives access to a shared workspace and studio artist professional development programs at the Queens Museum.

SPQ offers a competitive in-state tuition and was awarded grants from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the Vilcek Foundation to financially support the further development of both New York-based and international student-led community art projects in the borough of Queens and beyond. SPQ students can also join in faculty-led travel research and engagement projects supported by the college in collaboration partnering institutions. For example in 2018, SPQ was awarded a grant to travel to Puerto Rico to study community-driven land-use initiatives. In past years students and faculty have participated co-design process of local public spaces, worked with the Queens Museum on cultural programs and participated in the Venice Biennial.

Social Practice Faculty/Staff: Chloë Bass, Gregory Sholette, and Jeff Kasper.
Full-time Studio Art Faculty: Glenn Goldberg, Tony Gonzalez, Sin-ying Ho, Kurt Kauper, Tyrone Mitchell, and Debra Priestly.
Urban Studies and Media Studies Faculty: Zoe Beloff, Scott Larson, Tary Hum, Rafael De Balanzo Joue.

Visiting artists, critics, curators and mentors include: Aaron Burr Society, Ala Plástica: Alejandro Meitin, Doug Ashford, Todd Ayoung, Dana Schutz, Xenobia Bailey, Elaine Byrne, Claire Bishop, Larry Bogad, Deanna Bowen, Tania Bruguera, Gretchen Coombs, John Currin, Torkwase Dyson, Yevgeniy Fiks, Tom Finkelpearl, Stamatina Gregory, Terike Haapoja, Fran Ilich, inCUBATE, Alfredo Jaar, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Grant Kester, Jim Lee, Omar Mismar, Sheryl Oring, Pepon Osorio, Saul Ostrow, Liz Park, Ted Purves, Sal Randolph, Mark Read, Dread Scott, Nato Thompson, Caroline Woolard, T. J. Wilcox, The Yes Men, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Stephen Wright, Krzysztof Wodiczko.


SPQ’s recently published book Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art, emerges from the program’s unique pedagogical style. The book offers artists and teachers, detailed, tested lesson plans that model how critical thinking, making, and writing can be integrated into socially engaged projects that deepen learning and progressive community impact.

Learn more about the book, here.

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