VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA programs provide superb opportunities for artists to work, reflect, experiment, and study. Graduate students are both supported and challenged by an informed and engaging community of artists and scholars. The programs in Painting + Printmaking provide exemplary faculty, ample financial aid, intensive studio time, immersive theory and history courses, collaborative exhibition opportunities, one-on-one dialogue with practicing artists, an ever-changing roster of esteemed visitors, and professional opportunities in the field.
Access to a wealth of working artists is a hallmark of the program. Recent visitors include: Bryon Kim, Amy Bessone, Kristin Lucas, Anoka Faruqee, Mary Weatherford, Kristin Calabrese, Alejandro Cesarco, Chris Johanson, and Daniel Joseph Martinez. Each semester an art world luminary teaches the Graduate Seminar. These artistic leaders are terrific professional connections for students and to the greater art world. Recent seminar leaders include B. Wurtz, Matthew Day Jackson, Spencer Finch, and Joanne Greenbaum. Closely connected faculty, visiting artists, students and alumni forge a community enlivened by the most current critical and creative exchange.
The total number of graduate students in the Painting + Printmaking MFA programs is 15. Each has a private studio of approximately 200 sq. ft. and access to world-class digital and analogue printmaking facilities informed by traditional and contemporary applications of the medium.