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Eduardo L Rivera, “Shades of Azul,” 2016 (photo courtesy MassArt)

MassArt is proud of our world-class faculty and visiting artists, our state-of-the-art facilities, and our 1,000,000 square feet of studio, classroom, and exhibition space. MassArt is a supportive home to a diverse community of innovative, hard-working artists. We asked one of our alumni to share their experience:

“I was attracted to the MFA Photography program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design because of the esteemed faculty as well as the program’s mission to foster each student’s best visual and critical thinking abilities. The department offers state of the art facilities, ample photographic resources, local institutional support and a diverse community.

My thesis work ties politics and culture to the subject of familial displacement. Through weekly peer and faculty critiques, I was able to deconstruct my concept of diaspora and translate it into an interactive exhibition using my family’s migration story. Individual studio visits with MassArt’s gallery curator furthered my understanding of how installation can activate a space. Using small and large format prints positioned at varying heights, I questioned how we view photography and decipher its content.

The photo lecture series and visiting artist critiques at MassArt also encouraged me to venture into writing, performance, and experimental film. Although my main focus continues to be photography, I believe I would not have explored those modes of creating if it were not for the department’s support in transdisciplinary practice.

MassArt’s environment was the ideal place for me to advance my work with this personal subject. As an alum, the program continues to support my development by awarding me an Artist-in-Residence in partnership with the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. This fall I will be a Visiting Artist collaborating with students and educators in a new culture.”

— Eduardo L. Rivera, photographer

MassArt is currently accepting graduate applications for Fall 2017.
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