Meet the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) MFA Studio Art Class of 2025. Working in a broad range of art making, the class features:

  • Mahsa Attaran is a Persian photographer, visual artist, and fashion designer exploring surrealism, history, culture, family ties, and social justice. She is obsessed with the familial history and the hidden authenticity behind it. She has created the word FICTURAL to describe her body of work, which means Fictional-Cultural. Her work consists of nuances of Persian culture, art, and architecture, combined with fictional components to help the audience imagine their individual stories.
  • Amira Brown is an artist who uses their work to witness, and capture the various black psychological subtleties that evade rational language by layering various histories into the work while recording their own nuances, they use various materials and substrates from their environment.
  • Monica Hamilton has worked for Collar Work’s Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, taught with the Boston Photography Workshops, and collaborated with fellow artist collectives such as BODYSONNET. Monica works primarily in the photographic medium, exploring themes of portraiture, the female experience, and the passage of time and how it relates to the grieving process.
  • Hanieh Kashani’s work aims to show and criticize the structures that somehow keep humankind from freedom, turning them into a predictable being, and imposing enclosed and unoriginal ideologies that act as a vaccine that deprives them of true freedom.  She uses various mediums such as video, performance, and installation, of which simplicity and fluency are their basic components. The goal is to engage the audience mentally and physically with the view that the current situation has been shaped by history and that description and introspection will eventually lead to external influences.
  • Anna Schwartz is an artist whose work is centered on themes of memory and the development of historical narratives. Working predominantly in painting, as well as inquiries in its expanded field, her work investigates instances of loss, collapse, and recovery; questioning what we lose when we remember, and what we deem worthy of recovery and preservation in conscious memory.

UConn’s MFA Studio Art program is a fully funded three-year graduate program that supports a broad range of art with an international faculty and generous facilities. The program culminates with an exhibition in a New York City gallery and a thesis exhibition in UConn’s William Benton Museum of Art. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

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