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.
The 2019 Whitney Biennial artist list is out and we are so excited to see so many friends and visiting artists on that list! Congrats Lucas Blalock, Wangechi Mutu, Josh Kline, Ellie Ga and Paul Mpagi Sepuya!
MFA VS '15 alum Katie Piatt recently announced that they'll be presenting their participatory performance piece/one-person show Male Fragility: A Night of Rant and Reason at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in May 2019.
MFA in Visual Studies is excited to partner with Reed College to welcome Brooklyn-based photographer Lucas Blalock as part of the Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Together with the MA in Critical Studies program we are excited to welcome author, art critic and editor Chris Kraus for a visit to PNCA where she will lecture on her work.
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.