The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis offers a robust, two-year program that invites students to consider their roles as artists within social and political contexts. Our MFA in Visual Art program is ranked 12th in the nation by U.S News & World Report and features lectures and workshops with prominent visitors, including Shimon Attie, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Hasan Elahi, Coco Fusco, and Wangechi Mutu.

Our students engage disciplines across Washington University, a tier-one research institution, such as social work, philosophy-neuroscience-psychology, women and gender studies, and environmental studies.

The Sam Fox School’s resources include: the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, the Des Lee Gallery, the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Island Press, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, where the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition is held. In fall 2019, our graduate students will move into studio spaces in Weil Hall, a new 82,000-square-foot facility, designed by KieranTimberlake.

Our renowned faculty represent a broad spectrum of contemporary practices and media: Patricia Olynyk (director), Jamie Adams, Heather Bennett, Lisa Bulawsky, Michael Byron, Carmon Colangelo, Heather Corcoran, Zlatko Ćosić, Ron Fondaw, Richard Krueger, Arny Nadler, Tim Portlock, Buzz Spector, Jan Tumlir, Denise Ward-Brown, Cheryl Wassenaar, and Monika Weiss.

Summer in Berlin & Venice
The Sommerakademie in Berlin explores the political conditions of the city as a historical, national, and contemporary global site. The program culminates at the Venice Biennale.

Application deadline is February 5. For questions, contact Patricia Olynyk, Director, Graduate School of Art at