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Rosa Nussbaum, Maiden Voyage, (2018). Video of performance/sculpture, Marine ply, ash wood, gut strings (nylon), insulation foam, epoxy, varnish, waterline paint, ebony pegs, maple bridge, velvet, performer.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Studio Art MFA program is a multidisciplinary environment resulting from the individual interests of our graduate students, an ecosystem that promotes intellectual curiosity, visual acuity and direct engagement with the larger world. Our faculty believes these conditions best promote an artist’s ability to develop work of distinction and consequence. Within well-equipped facilities, artists explore the various disciplines’ parameters, depths, and overlaps, discovering applications to new and traditional modes of expression while simultaneously examining links between art and the world.

Ours is a vital community of diverse and engaged artists. Professionally active faculty, knowledgeable technical staff, a robust visiting artist and critic program and the tremendous research facilities housed at The University of Texas underpin a rigorous studio-intensive program. This is a fast-paced, full-time 2-year program that takes full advantage of UT’s physical, technical and intellectual resources. Students can choose to work in depth in a particular area or across any of our five disciplines: Painting + Drawing, Photography + Media, Print, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Transmedia. Additionally, we run a reciprocal exchange program between the Royal College of Art in London and UT. Each fall we send a second-year studio art grad to the RCA for the semester while they, in turn, send us one of theirs. Additional residency programs in which we sponsor our grad students include SOMA Summer, Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Vermont Studio Center.

Studio Faculty
Painting + Drawing: Nicole Awai, Troy Brauntuch, Sarah Canright, Dan Sutherland, John Yancey
Photography + Media: Teresa Hubbard, Alexander Birchler
Print: Lee Chesney
Sculpture + Extended Media: Amy Hauft, Beili Liu, Eric McMaster, Jack Risley, Margo Sawyer, John Stoney, Jeff Williams
Transmedia: Kristin Lucas, Bogdan Perzyński, Michael Smith

For more information on admissions and applications, visit