Cover of Otherwise, the official publication of the MFA in Visual Art program at Washington University in St. Louis

Visit us virtually: Get your copy of Otherwise (the MFA-VA’s official publication!) and visit us at our November 19 Virtual Open House.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual ArtsMFA in Visual Art program (MFA-VA) is an inclusive, close-knit community of renegade makers and thinkers. Drawing on the vast resources of Washington University in St. Louis, a tier-one research institution, the program offers students a site for rigorous inquiry, humanity, and intellectual generosity.

Check out our website to learn about our newly appointed chair, professor Lisa Bulawsky; our new curriculum, launching Fall 2021; and enhanced safety protocols to support students’ on-campus learning this semester.


MFA-VA studios are located in Weil Hall, a brand-new, LEED-Platinum facility. Students have access to numerous specialized spaces for making, including a 3D digital fabrication lab, media labs, a textile studio, an expansive printmaking suite (home to Island Press and the Kranzberg Book Studio), and more. Studios are adjacent to the School’s Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library and the Kemper Art Museum, which reopened last fall with Ai Weiwei: Bare Life.

Faculty & Visitors

Core faculty include Lisa Bulawsky (chair), Jamie Adams, Michael Byron, Amy Hauft, Meghan Kirkwood, Richard Krueger, Arny Nadler, Patricia Olynyk, Tim Portlock, Jack Risley, Denise Ward-Brown, Cheryl Wassenaar, and Monika Weiss.

Fall 2020 Visiting Artists & Critics

Visiting artists and critics for the Fall 2020 semester are Jamal Cyrus and Stephanie Weissberg, Jess Dugan, Corey Escoto, Vanessa German, and Mika Rottenberg.

Apply online to Washington University’s MFA-VA program by February 5, 2021. 

Questions? Contact Taylor Yocom, graduate recruitment specialist, at