The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking Masters in Fine Arts program provides excellent 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 in the growing Richmond artistic environment. Students in the MFA program are supported by exemplary faculty, generous 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 high profile visitors and professional opportunities in the field.
Student access to a wealth of working artists is a hallmark of the program. One of the staples of the program is that each semester a visiting artist teaches the Graduate Seminar course. Students engage in bi-weekly individual studio critiques with these world-class artists, which further extends the dialogue between students, faculty and the community.
Recent visiting artists and former Graduate Seminar instructors include: Fred Wilson, Monica Majoli, Dona Nelson, James Hyde, Mike Cloud, Mary Weatherford, Byron Kim, Kristin Calabrese, Anoka Faruqee, Chris Johanson, Michael Berryhill, B. Wurtz, Joanne Greenbaum, Lisi Raskin, Spencer Finch, Fawn Krieger, Holly Coulis, James Siena, Diana Cooper and Douglas Melini.
The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA program supports 15 graduate students at a time. Each student has a private studio and access to world-class digital and analogue printmaking facilities, informed by traditional and contemporary applications of the medium. For more information about the program, visit the department website, or contact Ron Johnson, the graduate director for the department.