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New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces “Social Borders” as Its MFA Winter Residency Theme

The residency will feature guest talks by Francisco Cantú and Mark Dion.

Mark Dion, “Aviary” (courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York)

The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s (NHIA) low residency MFA program features semi-annual residencies organized around a theme. This January, the theme will be Borders.

Residency themes are designed to be viewed from multiple perspectives. In this case, students will engage with a faculty panel around the issue of social borders, a subject that’s particularly relevant given current climate around gender and race.

They will also take part in a hands-on collaborative project that will prompt questions about how borders are created and how they are torn down. This interdisciplinary work connects students and faculty across degrees, and complements students’ immersion in presentations, workshops, and critiques in their individual programs in Writing, Photography, and the Visual Arts.

The residency will feature two special guests:

  • On January 7th, visiting writer, Francisco Cantú, will offer a reading from his forthcoming book The Line Becomes a River (Riverhead Books, 2018), in which Cantú explores his experience as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
  • On January 9th, artist Mark Dion will offer a presentation. Dion’s work challenges entrenched ways of thinking about art. He appropriates scientific methods of collecting and organizing that dissolve the borders between disciplines.

Stay tuned: in June, our theme will be Food!

The deadline for applying to the MFA program this winter is December 1st, 2017.

Want to learn more? Call us at (603) 836-2588, email us at [email protected], or attend our MFA Residency Visit Day on January 13, 2018.