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The MFA in Visual Studies is a multidisciplinary, mentor- based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. The program’s flexible structure and nature allow students to pursue a single discipline, such as painting, or a combined practice that bridges multiple disciplines and media, such as installation, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and video.
As a complement to intensive one-on-one faculty mentorships, students benefit from contact with a rich network of instructors, critical thinkers, writers, and curators in the Portland area, as well as from exposure to a dynamic roster of acclaimed visiting artists and curators. In addition, seminars, lectures, exhibition opportunities, and national and international travel add to a rigorous and investigative educational experience. This is a program for experienced makers who are looking to refine and expand their creative practice.
Visual Studies MFA alum Mo Murshed’s show, “Patterns Do Furnish a Life,” at SATOR Projects, co-curated by Critical Studies MA alumna Kyle Cohlmia, on view through Nov. 21st
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA is thrilled to welcome Christian Viveros-Fauné to present a public talk, as part of The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program’s Critical Conversations series, hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University.
November 8, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Pacific Northwest College of Art Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies proudly presents the 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition.
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies proudly presents the 2021 MFA First-Year Exhibition (There is no) "There, There".
Pacific Northwest College of Art extends a huge congratulations to MFA in Visual Studies alumna Elizabeth Malaska, who was recently named one of the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows in Fine Arts.
VS profoundly catapulted my art career. While there, I took advantage of everything offered: Global studio in Mexico, NYC trip, Caldera, Graduate galleries fellowship, the best cohort, chair, and coordinator I could ask for. All of which has guided me to a steady, critical, and ambitious art practice.
The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series
A dynamic and essential part of the curriculum in each graduate program, The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the globe to engage with students and the wider community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops, and studio visits. These visiting art practitioners contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the opportunities for instruction and learning.