Montclair State University Invites Applicants to its MFA in Studio Art Program

Priority given to those applying by April 1

Photo by Mike Peters

Attendees at last year's MFA Open Studio event on Dec. 6 get an up-close look at the artistic process featuring one of the students in the program.

The MFA in Studio Art program at Montclair State University is inviting students to apply for the Fall 2014 semester. Admission is on a rolling basis, with priority consideration given to those applying by April 1, 2014.
The MFA in Studio Art is a rigorous two-year interdisciplinary program designed to offer artists a critical, conceptual and intellectual framework to experiment and develop their practice. Offering a wide array of comprehensive and individualized training in art theory, history, criticism and practice, the program provides students with vital skills to pursue their artistic vision and work across a diversity of mediums. Throughout the program, students are immersed in a dynamic environment of creative dialogue with leading faculty and one-on-one mentoring with visiting artists and critics.

All students have access to a spacious private studio, plus usage of expansive facilities in all art and design areas, including photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, painting and more. The program offers exhibition opportunities for students to showcase their progress at a dedicated MFA Gallery, as well as a major graduation exhibition held in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. Leveraging on the University's close proximity to New York City (just 14 miles away), the curriculum includes weekly field trips to leading art institutions and an ever-increasing number of professional networking opportunities.

The program further prepares artists to develop thriving and sustainable careers that advance their art. Special emphasis is placed on training and individualized advice on portfolio development, project planning and management, budgeting and financial management, fundraising and grant writing, website development and marketing, legal issues for artists, pricing and selling work, among others.

Professors in the program are dedicated and talented artists who are passionate about the visual arts – and about teaching – and provide the inspiration, individualized attention, and guidance needed to develop each student into a uniquely creative visual artist. Under the leadership of the Department of Art and Design's new Chair, Dr. Aissa Deebi, and Dr. Andrew Atkinson, director of MFA program, the faculty includes Julie Heffernan, Nancy Goldring, and Iain Kerr.

The Master of Fine Arts program is currently in its 13th year in existence. Since its inauguration, the program has invited an exceptional group of artists, curators, and visiting critics--including Eleanor Heartney, Shirin Neshat, Mark Dion, Fred Tomaselli, Ann Hamilton, Leonardo Drew, Wangechi Mutu, Hank Willis Thomas, Saya Woolfalk, William Villalonga, Dana Schutz, Nick Cave, Carlo McCormick, Steve DiBenedetto, John Ensor Parker, Adam Putnam, Jennie Jones, James Clark, Steve Mumford, William Carroll, Radhika Subramaniam and Murtaza Vali--to work with the students.


Call for Applications: MFA in Studio Art

To apply to the program, visit here. Merit-based scholarships are available to a select number of candidates.

For more information about the MFA in Studio Art program or to ask questions about the application and portfolio guidelines, complete this Request Form, or contact Dr. Aissa Deebi, chair of the Department of Art and Design, or call (973) 655-4151.