New Digs — UConn’s MFA Studio Art program, the “best kept secret” in the country, will soon have new graduate studio facilities.

Moving from the Depot campus in Storrs to the newly renovated Kirby Mill in Mansfield, these facilities will offer each student a fresh space in a tranquil setting. The historic Kirby Mill is situated on the banks of the Natchaug River just below the spillway of the Mansfield Hollow dam, a 1952 Army Corps of Engineers project forming a lake from the confluence of three local rivers and a state park.

The innovative Kirby Mill renovation includes a hydro driven 500 KW renewable energy facility to power the entire mill with new technology turbines designed, engineered, and manufactured at the mill. This stately facility, grounds, and proximity to the state park provide an outstanding environment for the graduate program. The MFA program will occupy the entire second floor of the mill. The large, well-lit studios will feature exceptional natural lighting and hard wood floors. The Kirby Mill is located approximately 6 minutes from The University of Connecticut main campus.

UConn’s MFA program supports a broad range of art making including painting/drawing, installation/performance, photography/video, printmaking, and sculpture/ceramics with an international faculty and superior, generous facilities in a rural environment centrally located in Southern New England for easy day trips to New York, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Haven.

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