Details of work by Jill Downen, Adrian Cox, Lavar Munroe, and Ebony G. Patterson (full image captions through link.)

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.



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.

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