MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art

Image: Dejeonge Reese, MFA ‘17, in her installation: On Fleek Beauty Parlor, August 2017. (Credit: Academic Image)



Moore’s MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art supports and serves the interests of graduate students engaged in traditional studio practices, as well as those with interests in community practice. This unique MFA program is focused around a vibrant community of artists who are open, curious, highly motivated and collaborative. Critical dialogue with faculty, visiting artists/critics and other graduate students are key components within group and individual critiques, seminars, lecture courses and in independent advising. This program emphasizes rigorous and immersive study and challenges the artist to confront both practical and philosophical concerns facing artists today, while also critically investigating the role of studio and community-based art practices taking place in a wide variety of local and global contexts. This program is unparallelled for facilitating a meaningful dialogue between the studio and the social world, and privileges neither while promoting deep consideration of their interconnectivity.
At Moore, we see the values and goals represented by this degree name as a spectrum of interrelated work – and with a recognition that artists we respect such as Theaster Gates, Ann Hamilton, Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, Michael Rakowitz and Mark Bradford move with agility between participatory art, object making, the studio and the community.  Our curriculum is responsive to a range of interests and emerging issues in the arts, and is designed to develop and support our students to have satisfying, sustainable, ethical, diverse and life-long careers in the arts. The program encourages multiple processes and media by providing candidates access to all of Moore’s facilities including, but not limited to, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, video, digital fabrication, metals and textiles. Candidates exhibit their work in The Galleries at Moore, which has featured shows reviewed by Art Forum, ARTnews, artnet news, Art In America and Hyperallergic. Equally emphasizing art practice, theory and research  - the faculty who teach in the MFA represent studio art, social practice, cultural criticism and other hybrid and expanded practices.