KSMoCA artists-in-residence and Art + Social Practice MFA at Portland State University

KSMoCA artists-in-residence and Art + Social Practice MFA at Portland State University

Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)

Richard Brown. Courtesy of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA), Portland, Oregon.*

January 16, 2024
KSMoCA artists-in-residence and Art + Social Practice MFA at Portland State University

MFA application deadline: January 25, 2024, 11:59pm
Portland State University
School of Art + Design
2000 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
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Apply for PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA Program
Included in Artsy’s list of the Top 15 Art Programs in the country, Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA Program is a three-year flexible residency program (online or in-person) combining individual practice, group work, community partnerships, and experiential learning with diverse faculty.  A wide range of practices including curation, writing, performance, conceptual art, video, design, and visual/studio art are encouraged within a socially engaged framework. Blending critical and professional practice, alternative pedagogy, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produces an immersive educational environment for students interested in working as socially engaged artists. As an extension of the program’s unique approach, graduate students have the opportunity to collaborate directly in ongoing projects including: KSMoCA, the Art and Social Practice ArchiveSoFA Journal, and Assembly.

The MFA program is accepting applications for fall 2024 until January 25, 2024 at 11:59pm PST. Get more information and begin your application online

KSMoCA’s artists-in-residence and upcoming events
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) is a functioning contemporary art museum inside a public elementary school in northeast Portland, Oregon. During the 2023–24 school year, the museum is hosting three artists-in-residence who are connected to the groundbreaking “Black Artists of Oregon” exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. These residencies continue our ongoing, immersive arts programming with pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Artists-in-residence develop and create artworks in collaboration with a cohort of elementary school students which are exhibited side-by-side in the museum at the school. These works and images of their process will be featured in printed exhibit catalogs and each artist gives public talks on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Visit our website for dates and times of artist talks and exhibit openings.

KSMoCA 2023–24 artists-in-residence: Mr. Richard BrownSadé DuBoiseIntisar Abioto.

About KSMoCA
Founded in 2014 by Portland State University professors and artists Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, KSMoCA connects public school students with internationally renowned artists through collaborative workshops, exhibitions, artists lectures and site-specific commissions. KSMoCA’s programs are developed in partnership with the Dr. MLK Jr. School community, PSU’s School of Art + Design faculty and graduate and undergraduate students, and contemporary artists. 

Students learn through experience about museum practices by participating in KSMoCA as curators, preparators, artists, gallerists, writers, and docents. The project reimagines how museums, public schools, and universities can work together to shift culture and perspectives by creating radical intersections for sharing resources across organizations.

The majority of students at Dr. MLK Jr. School identify as Black and non-Black students of color, and the school is located in a gentrifying historically Black neighborhood. KSMoCA’s programs and participating artists directly reflect this context. The museum works to empower the school community whose voices and experiences remain underrepresented locally and in society at large.

*Image above: Photographer and community activist Richard Brown leads a workshop with first grade students at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Brown is one of KSMoCA’s artists-in-residence for 2023–24.

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