The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts provides a dynamic environment in which to challenge the conventional and habitual. We draw on the assets of Washington University in St. Louis, a top research institution, while exploring art’s vital role as a social, political, and intellectual pursuit. We will award an additional 10 full-tuition scholarships annually to graduate students across the Sam Fox School through the Sam Fox Ambassadors program. The MFA in Visual Art program is ranked 12th by US News and World Report.
Some of the most exciting artists practicing today earned their MFA at Washington University, including Laylah Ali, Adrian Cox, Jill Downen, Vita Eruhimovitz, Adam Hogan, Marie Bannerot McInerney, Lavar Munroe, Yvonne Osei, Ebony G. Patterson, Carlie Trosclair, and Ian Weaver. Learn more.
MFA studios are located in Weil Hall, a brand-new building with light-filled spaces for installation, relaxation, and collaboration.
Our Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum reopened this fall with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life.
- Caleres Fabrication Studio
- Collaborative Technology Center
- Lighting Studio
- Whitaker Learning Lab
- Textile Studio
- Dubinsky Printmaking Studio
- Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book
- Island Press
- Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library
FACULTY + VISITORS
Core faculty: Patricia Olynyk (chair), Jamie Adams, Lisa Bulawsky, Michael Byron, Carmon Colangelo, Amy Hauft, Meghan Kirkwood, Richard Krueger, Arny Nadler, Tim Portlock, Jack Risley, Denise Ward-Brown, Cheryl Wassenaar, and Monika Weiss.
Fall visitors: Dave Hullfish Bailey, Dana Levy, Duane Slick, and Ai Weiwei.
Learn more and apply at samfoxschool.wustl.edu/programs/mfa-va.
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British Museum Offers Greece “Exclusive NFT” of the Parthenon Marbles
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The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
MoMA to Co-Curate Exhibition With NYPD
Arrest Me, Daddy hopes to cast a more positive light on the work of law enforcement officers.
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The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
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Mediocre Painting Thought AI-Generated Revealed as Work of Real Artist
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Prince Harry to Star in New Van Gogh Biopic
The estranged prince said he took the role to raise awareness of mental health issues.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
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Vatican Partners With Balenciaga on “Spiritual” Menswear Line
A spokesperson for the church cited “shared values” with the fashion brand.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Iran Issues Fatwa Against AI
A reinterpretation of the Quran through a queer lens, written by an AI chatbot, is said to cause the move.
Met Gala Announces 2023 “Looting and Plunder” Theme
Select A-list guests will be invited to wear any artifacts from the museum’s collection that have not yet been seized by the Manhattan DA’s office.