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MFA Studio (Painting / Sculpture / New Media)

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio (Painting, Sculpture, New Media) fosters the development of the individual artist's studio practice, while engaging in a critical analysis of the work that leads to an understanding of where it fits in the broad contexts of contemporary art. Central to the program is a philosophical commitment to innovation and to art as the expressing of ideas, and to the use of whatever material strategy might be appropriate, including painting, sculptural media, photography, video, performance, and web-based or community-based art practices. The MFA degree is seen as preparation for participation in a broad range of professional activities in the various economies of contemporary art, especially an exhibiting career as well as for the teaching of art at the college or university level.

Program faculty are all working artists with a diversity of practices ranging from representational, experimental, abstract and multimedia painting to installation, sculpture, digital media, photography, and Internet-based and public practices. Our faculty members pursue active careers, and are represented in galleries, museums, public venues, and in public and private collections throughout the country and internationally. This diversity allows for ample latitude for critique and consultation with faculty members who share a student's particular artistic concerns.

Frequent research and education partners for the School of Art and Design include Landscape Architecture, Computer Science, English/Creative Writing, Theater, Music, the Institute for Communication Research, the Krannert Art Museum, and the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. The twin cities of Champaign-Urbana present many opportunities for creative cultural production and larger urban centers (Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis) are only two and a half hours away, offering destinations for galleries, exhibitions, symposia, and professional connections.

Graduate Studio Resources

The School of Art+Design provides personal studio space for each MFA student and 24-hour access to the School's many production facilities that include installation and critique spaces, woodshops, workshops for ceramics, plaster, and metalworking, comprehensive computer and digital output labs, and an extensive equipment checkout system. We also offer the archives of the Krannert Art Museum and the collection of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art.

List of program faculty:

  • Conrad Bakker

    Conrad Bakker

  • Stephen Cartwright

    Stephen Cartwright

  • Ryan Griffis

    Ryan Griffis

  • Kevin Hamilton

    Kevin Hamilton

  • Patrick Earl Hammie

    Patrick Earl Hammie

  • Laurie Hogin

    Laurie Hogin

  • Melissa Pokorny

    Melissa Pokorny

  • Joel Ross

    Joel Ross

  • Deke Weaver

    Deke Weaver