The University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut, is introducing its curriculum and faculty in a free webinar for the new Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts that features the Nomad9 Residencies. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 6, at 2pm Eastern Standard Time. To register for the webinar, fill out a brief form at The 15-minute presentation will be hosted by Program Director Carol Padberg and will include a live question-and-answer online discussion following the presentation.

In addition to the webinar, the faculty for this program will talk about themselves and their work in a series of blog posts starting this month. Faculty includes Cat Balco, Amanda Carlson, Christy Gast, Gene Gort, Amanda Lovelee, Carol Padberg, Ernesto Pujol, Linda Weintraub, and Nico Wheadon. Introductions are posted on the program’s blog at

The Program and Its Faculty

The Interdisciplinary MFA at UHart is a low-residency Master of Fine Arts with a focus on sustainable culture. Its 62-credit curriculum presents courses in contemporary art, ecology, urbanism, history, and technology (from craft to code). This program of study prepares artists for a life of engaged studio and civic practice, and reflects the dynamic balance of production, inquiry, and cross-discipline collaborations in contemporary art and the world at large.

The program is based on an open outcome philosophy. The MFA curriculum supports many types of art practices, including (but not limited to) eco art, social practice, community art, and work that explores craft and technology traditions. This curriculum prepares artists for ambitious creative processes and enhances an artist’s ability to gain funding, develop career opportunities, and attain employment in a variety of public and private sectors. The program culminates with a thesis exhibition, a written thesis, and a public artwork made for the city of Hartford by the students working with a distinguished visiting artist. 

The Nomad9 Residencies

On-site intensives called the Nomad9 residencies provide MFA candidates with an innovative engaged-learning curriculum. The residencies are scheduled in locations across the Americas, and provide a living classroom through which students can study contemporary art, history, and culture. Students will participate in three Nomad9 residencies per year. Between sessions, students work in their home studios under the guidance of a thesis advisor. 

Scholarships and Admissions

A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be awarded.

The priority deadline for application and scholarships is January 15, 2016. Applications will be considered until the cohort is full.

About the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

The Hartford Art School has a rich history, beginning in 1877 with its founding by a virtual who’s who of late 19th-century Hartford women. These visionary individuals included Harriet Beecher Stowe, the abolitionist writer; Olivia Clemens, the wife of Mark Twain; Elizabeth Colt, the president of Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company; Susan Warner, the wife of the owner of the Hartford Courant; and Mary Bushnell Cheney of Cheney Silk Mills. In 1957, the Hartford Art School merged with the Hartt School and Hillyer College to form the University of Hartford. Today, the University has seven schools and colleges, over 5,200 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of 6,900, including graduate and professional programs. Hartford Art School students are enrolled in a rigorous, professional studio-based program that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Its 350 undergraduate BFA and 90 graduate MFA students have access to a beautiful suburban campus, a large university library, university-wide lectures, expertise in other schools and colleges, as well as outstanding music, theater, and dance performances throughout the year.


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