The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Studio Art with an emphasis in Ceramics is a 3-year, 60 hour program. The School of Art MFA program seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for artistic and intellectual growth. Graduate students are expected to pursue rigorous personal artistic research, both conceptually and technically. The Ceramics area strives to enhance a balance between supporting the attainment of skills and technique and encouraging independence, innovation and critical thinking. Individual and group critiques are an important part of the program.
At the end of each semester, the MFA students present their research and are reviewed by the School of Art faculty. From these reviews, the MFA student will be assessed on the possibility of competitive scholarships, TA appointments, and continued support of the faculty in the program. We are committed to developing individuals who challenge contemporary standards while producing work of exceptional craftsmanship and critical thought. It is our intent to prepare artists for competition in the complex, professional ceramic art world.
Extraordinary, world class facilities support the creative research of the MFA student. World-renowned faculty ensure that graduates of the program learn the techniques and concepts that will enable their work to take any direction they wish. The Ceramics program has a thriving visiting artist program that intensifies the directive of the program.
Guest artists who deliver lectures and/or conduct workshops and critiques heighten the instruction of the program. Recent visiting artists include Patti Warishina, Elaine O. Henry, Bill Hunt, John Balistreri, Don Reitz, Jamie Walker, Brenda Lichman, Forrest Middleton, Tom Bartel, Christyl Boger, Barbara Frey, Robert "Boomer" Moore, Ron Nagle and Brad Schwieger to name a few.