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.
MFA in Visual Studies candidate Payton Barronian is featured in OUT Magazine with his new video, presenting, that queers iconic film monologues
Rachel Wolf VS '14 talks with Oregon Artswatch's David Bates about her recent exhibition at the Chehalem Cultural Center and the magic of cameraless photography
VS '16 alums BriAnna Rosen and E.M. Fuller, owners of Fuller Rosen Gallery, are featured in Portland Mercury's Queer Issue
Huge congrats to the MFA Visual Studies Class of 2019! The exhibition is up, oral defense presentations are done and thesis papers are in. After 2 years of dedicated hard work and lots of hours in the studio the every growing group of Visual Studies alumni just gained 16 new artists
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is proud to present the 2019 MFA Thesis/Capstone Exhibition featuring 26 graduates from the MFA in Collaborative Design, Print Media and Visual Studies programs
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.