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02 Jan 2014

Call for Applications: Stony Brook University MFA Program, Stony Brook, New York

Fiona Cashell, MFA 2015

MFA Program in Art
Stony Brook University


Early application deadline January 15, 2014. Final application deadline February 15, 2014. Visit our website for further information and contract details:

Nobuho Nagasawa, Professor of Art, Graduate Program Director

Department of Art
2224 Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5400
United States

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Stony Brook University Department of Art fosters a rigorous creative environment, that is contemporary in approach, multidisciplinary, diverse and international; offering artists the opportunity to make art, research and experiment, think, write, collaborate and grow.

Ideally located on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook offers a unique opportunity to study in a spacious and focused setting, amidst vibrant green nature, while New York City is only a short commute away, thus allowing you to stay close to the pulse of the art world. Students are provided with individual studio spaces, some of the largest in the country, and given access to a broad spectrum of comprehensive facilities. These include sculpture labs with welding, ceramics, foundry, woodworking and CNC routing capabilities, photography darkrooms, equipment and digital labs that integrate still and moving image editing and output, lighting studios, audio and physical computing labs, printmaking studios featuring processes such as intaglio, lithography and relief printing, large drawing and painting studios with skylights, as well as multiple exhibition spaces such as the student run Lawrence Alloway Gallery.

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, our main university gallery at the Staller Center for the Arts, is a rich resource offering a program of major exhibitions throughout the year, along with staging the MFA thesis exhibitions. Students may also explore opportunities to interact with world class facilities and faculty in the sciences, arts and humanities. Visiting artists, critics, curators, historians, scholars and speakers, to the programs, galleries, The Pollock Krasner House, The Humanities Institute, Stony Brook Manhattan, are integral components of study.

The MFA is a competitive three year terminal degree program in creative practice, and critical inquiry in contemporary art. The students, as well as our faculty, come from all over the United States and different parts of the world, with distinct practices including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video and new media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, public art, social practice, performance, theory and history. Graduate courses, seminars, critiques, visiting speakers, studio visits and exhibitions, allow students to develop a technically and conceptually sophisticated practice, with a critical grasp of contemporary art discourses. Studio work is enriched by seminars in critical theory, art history, philosophy, cultural studies, women's studies, music, and theater among others. Students closely interact with faculty and peers in the MA / PhD in Art History and Criticism. Many students choose to complete one of our feature certificate programs in Art and Philosophy (a partnership between the two departments) during their course of study.

Scholarships, paid teaching assistantships and academically based fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Students will have the opportunity to assist and teach their own undergraduate course.