In support of the opening of the newly renovated 75,000-square-foot Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex studio arts buildings at Louisiana State University (LSU), the school has 15 new graduate assistantships to award for MFA students in all studio art areas. These include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture as well as digital art, graphic design, and cross-disciplinary practice. Funded at $23,000 per academic year (and with a full tuition waiver), these 20-hour assistantships represent the highest stipends available in the Southern United States, competitive with some of the most prominent programs in the nation.

MFA in Studio Arts students enjoy the opportunity to individualize their studio practice, empowering them to pursue their vision alongside an international faculty of professional working artists, designers, and scholars. LSU School of Art offers individual and shared studios; study abroad opportunities in Ireland, Italy, the UK, and beyond; and exhibition space in our galleries and venues across the region. 

Final deadline for second-call applications to the LSU School of Art is April 15. Reviews begin immediately.

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Known for uniquely delicious food, distinctly original creative culture, and extraordinarily friendly people, Louisiana has something for everyone — especially artists, designers, and scholars.

The high ground above the Mississippi River features a landscape, climate, history, and culture uniquely suited to artistic temperament. Here, students develop their talents and refine their vision in a setting that provides fertile ground and unlimited material for an active imagination. Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and acts as a base for exploring the region.

The Baton Rouge area enjoys a semi-tropical climate allowing for year-round cultural festivals and activities with mild, short winters, fabulous falls, and glorious springs. The Southern Louisiana and lower Mississippi Delta regions provide an invaluable resource for creative minds.

Louisiana has arguably one of the most colorful histories and fascinating cultures of any state in the US. Where else can you visit the battleground where a ragtag group of soldiers repelled a British invasion with the help of a notorious outlaw pirate? Visitors can find the some of most interesting parts of American history right here in Louisiana. The LSU Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and countless other museums, art galleries, and cultural/historical sites offer a lifetime of learning in Louisiana.