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.
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.
MFA VS Alum '09 Sean J Patrick Carney is featured in the current issue of Art in America for his piece where he writes a letter to Bruce Nauman.
The MFA in Visual Studies program is excited to welcome artist and musician Becca Albee for a lecture on their work and practice as part of the final talk in the Fall 2018 Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Three groups of MFA Visual Studies Alumni (and one incredible student) were awarded grants to fund artist-run projects for the 2018-19 year. Chingada Gallery(Rubén García Marrufo VS '18 and Diego Morales-Portillo VS '19), Nat Turner Project(Melanie Stevens VS '17 and maximiliano VS '17) and First Brick(James Knowlton VS '18, Eric Long VS '18, Molly Alloy VS '18 and Allynn Carpenter VS '18).
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.