Author: Shadia

MFA Curriculum

MFA Plan of Study Credits
Year One, Semester One (12 credits)
ART 5310 Graduate Art Seminar Graduate Art Seminar 3
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
ART 5383 Special Topics: Studio Process & Practice 3
ARTH 5370 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
Year One, Semester Two (12 credits)
ART 5310 Graduate Art Seminar 3
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
ART 5383 Special Topics: Studio Process & Practice 3
ART 5340 Studio Art Instruction and Curriculum Planning 3
Year Two, Semester One (9 credits)
ART 5310 Graduate Art Seminar 3
ART 53** Elective Studio or Elective Area 3
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
Year Two, Semester Two (9 credits)
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
ARTH 5383 Special Topics: Curatorial Practice 3
ART 53** or Elective Area Elective Studio or Elective Area 3
Year Three, Semester One (9 credits)
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
ART 53** or Elective Area Elective Studio or Elective Area 3
ART 5320 Issues in Art Criticism 3
Year Three, Semester Two (9 credits)
ART 530* Graduate Studio Art  (Major Studio Area) 3
ART 5397 MFA Project, (Major Studio Area)  [required final semester] 6


MFA: In-depth

Here are the many reasons to consider the UConn Art & Art History MFA Studio Art, the “best kept secret” program in the country!

An intensive, multidisciplinary approach to the development of work in a wide range of art media, including drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, photography, video, 2D and stop motion animation, installation and performance. The three-year program focuses on the advancement of each student’s abilities as an artist. Work in the studio and studio based classes is combined with courses in art criticism, theory and history, and teaching to provide a context of ideas for developing students’ visions. Frequent contact with faculty members and visiting artists exposes students to diverse viewpoints and practices.

The best of both worlds: the creative excitement and intellectual energy of an art school and a major research university combined. We are ranked in the top 50 public graduate studio art programs in the country and we are ranked as a top-twenty public university nationally. We are a member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research universities.

A nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The members of our faculty have won major international honors and awards, from Guggenheim Fellowships and Fulbright Scholarships to Getty Foundation grants to National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Grants. They exhibit in major art centers globally, including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Sao Paolo. They publish books with premier academic presses – Yale University Press, Harvard University Press, the University of California Press. All of this knowledge, creativity, and professional expertise are available to you, every day, in and out of the classroom.

Visiting artists, field trips and exhibition opportunities. Vital visiting artist program including artists, curators and critics such as Marina Abromovic, Petah Coyne, Nari Ward, Megan and Murray McMillan, Ben Katchor, Shirin Neshat, Alfredo Jaar, Sally Smart, Rashaad Newsome, Peter Waite, Robert Storrs, and Holland Cotter. Extensive field trip opportunities to interact with artist, curators, and museum professionals in New York City, Boston, and other national art centers. The group MFA Exhibition and student public talks take place at the William Benton Museum of Art on the UConn Campus. Following graduation, students present their MFA Exhibition at a New York City gallery.

Fully funded program providing both full tuition remission, assistantship stipend in teaching and research, and subsidized health insurance.

The success of our alumni. Our graduates are exhibiting their creative work nationally and internationally and receiving prestigious awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, state art fellowships, and artist residencies; teaching at colleges and universities across the United States; and working in museums and galleries, animation studios, design firms, and publishing houses.

Access to all the arts. As the boundaries between the arts become ever more fluid, the School of Fine Arts makes it possible for you to study Music, Dramatic Arts, and Digital Media alongside Studio Art or Art History. The School of Fine Arts serves as an umbrella organization and incubator for cutting-edge interdisciplinary initiatives in the arts. UConn’s museums, galleries, and performance centers – including the Department’s own award-winning Contemporary Art Galleries – bring major international and national artists and performers to our campus.

Large graduate studios and new and improved facilities. Graduate students have large individual studios in the Visual Arts Research Center (VARC). The Bishop Center Studios includes stellar printmaking studios and book arts. These studios are a center of creative energy featuring unparalleled resources. In the main Art Building, we have established the Digital Arts Services Lab (DASL) to support digital photography with state-of-the-art equipment. The Ceramics Studios have been renovated and upgraded and benefit from the purchase of new equipment. We opened the Digital Arts Materials Lab to support digital work in sculpture, printmaking, and other media, an upgraded installation and performance studio, and new studios for 2D and stop motion animation.

4/19 Opening Reception: “Include, Exclude” by Diana Abouchacra

Join us this Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 6:30pm for the opening reception of “Include, Exclude,” by Diana Abouchacra. This work explores Xenophobia through printmaking. A performance will take place at 7:00pm.

Reception will take place in Vais Gallery located inside the art building, RM 109 on the first floor.

The exhibit will be on view through April 22, 2017.



4/11 Visiting Artist from India: Ravi Argawal












Visiting photographer and environmental activist from India Ravi Agarwal

When: TWO talks:
Tuesday April 11, 2017
11:00 am – This talk is about his environmental work
4:00pm – This talk is about his photographic career

ARTB Room 119 (11:00am)
ARTB Room 101 (4:00pm)  Now happening in the Arena Gallery located inside the Art Building.


4/6 Visiting Artist: Michael Siporin Levine

Counterproof Press Visiting Artist: Michael Siporin Levine
Thursday, April 6  at  6:30 pm
Art Building RM 106

All are welcome to attend!  See his work at

Michael Siporin Levine is a visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, video and installation. Michael graduated with a BFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut (2011), and an MFA in printmaking from The Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia (2014).  From September to December of 2016 Michael was an Artist in Residence at Knox College where he taught Experimental Printmaking course, and produced work for solo exhibition. This past summer he was the Print Fellow at the Wassaic Project Artist Residency in Wassaic, NY (May-Sept 2016), where he developed his own work as well as assisted visiting artists with screen printed editions. In 2015 he was selected to participate in a public art installation as part of the Southern Graphics Council in Knoxville, TN.

Blending autobiography, history and invention, Michael uses a mixture of observation and process to create imagery with open-ended narratives. Through technique and process, he allows an initial idea to change, abstract, and evolve. Using drawing as a foundation he lets process inform decision-making while working in various printmaking techniques, collage, as well as video, animation, and installation. Working with and against a technique encourages his experimentation with the medium, allowing a greater opportunity for chance and discovery to play a role in the process.


4/4 Visiting Artist: Joseph DeLappe

Sponsored by

Department of Art & Art History Digital Media & Design Department Digital Humanities and Media Studies Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Human Rights Institute

Artist Joseph DeLappe engages the intersections
of art, technology, social engagement/activism and interventionist strategies exploring geo-political contexts. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanical installation has been shown internationally. His creative works
and actions have been featured widely in scholarly journals, books and in popular media—his most familiar work is a performative and memorializing intervention into the US Army video game recruitment website, “America’s Army.”


When: Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Where: Konover Auditorium Thomas J. Dodd Center

Additional Artist Info:

4/13 BFA Senior Show

Mark your calendars!

Thursday April 13th from 6:00-8:00pm

It’s time for the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts senior show! Each year, the UConn School of Fine Arts senior class holds an exhibition at Willimantic’s ArtSpace Gallery to showcase their senior projects. This year, the show is on April 13th and is sure to be a fabulous night of food, fun, and beautiful artwork with your friends and family at UConn Art. We hope to see many of you there!



3/30 Artist Claudia Alvarez Visits

  • Department of Art & Art History Sculpture/Ceramics Area & the Association of Ceramic Artists (Clay Club) Student Organization Present Our Spring 2017 Visiting Artist with support from the Gus Mazzocca Visiting Artists and Scholars Fund 

    Claudia Alvarez

    Artist Lecture/Demonstration

    Thursday – Friday March 30-31, 2017 

    10:00am-12:30pm & 1:30-4:00pm

    Art Building Rm. 117


    Claudia Alvarez is a painter and sculptor currently living in New York City. Born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1969 and raised in California from the age of three, she received a BA from the University of California, Davis in 1999, and an MFA from California College of Arts, San Francisco in 2003.

    Alvarez worked at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California from 1987-2000. Deeply affected by the terminally ill children and elderly patients she encountered as a non-emergency ambulance driver, she reflects on their strength and vulnerability through her painted and sculpted figures.

    The Art Building main entrance is located on Bolton Road behind the Drama/Music Building on Rte. 195 Hillside Road at 280 Bolton Rd. Storrs, CT 06269

    For more information, contact: Department of Art & Art History Office at 860-486-3930


Located in ARTB 109, this room functions as exhibition, lecture, and classroom space as needed.

3/28 Opening Reception Laura Newman


Paintings by Laura Newman

March 28 – May 5, 2017
Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Public Talk
March 28th from 4 – 5 pm – Art Building, VAIS room 109

Exhibition and Artist’s Reception
March 28th from 5 – 6 pm – Art Building, CAG

The Contemporary Art Galleries will present an exhibition of artworks including paintings by New York based artists Laura Newman. Prior to the artists’ reception, Newman will present a public talk on her artwork at 4pm in UConn’s Art Building. This event is open to the public, and free of charge.

Newman states,

“In my recent paintings, architectural structures serve as containers for space. My paintings fold together a variety of approaches to form-among them hard-edged geometrical shapes, loose gestural forms arrived at through the actual process of painting, and representational references. The imagery in my work is poised between building sites and urban ruins, structures and deconstruction. Brushstrokes form structures that frame geometric paintings, embedded windows and fragments of views.”

Laura Newman is an abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn. In 2016 her work was included in Machines of Paint and Other Materials, 72 Front Street, Brooklyn; Conference of the Birds, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York; Surface Two, curated by Renee Ricardo, Arena, Brooklyn; and Inside Out, Art 101, Brooklyn. She has had solo shows at Jen Bekman Gallery, 1 GAP Gallery, The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Lesley Heller Workspace, Bellwether Gallery and Victoria Munroe Gallery. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Brian Morris Gallery, Fordham University, Lesley Heller Workspace, The National Academy of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The New Museum and many others.

Publications include a catalog from NSCAD University with essays by John Yau and Amy Sillman, and reviews in The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum Magazine, The New York Times, and Bomb Magazine.

She has received fellowships and awards from Yaddo, The American Academy in Rome, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, MacDowell Colony and The New York Foundation on the Arts.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at Cooper Union, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Vassar College.

3/27 Spring into the Arts!

We are happy to invite newly admitted students to join our faculty and current students on Monday, March 27, for a special event: Spring into the Arts!

We’ll begin with a welcome reception at 2:00 pm, in the basement level of the Bishop Center, located at One Bishop Circle, Storrs.  From there, we will proceed to two unique hands-on workshops with our faculty, followed by dinner with current students and faculty. We wrap up at 7:00 p.m., which is in plenty of time for you to take in an evening arts event on campus or explore our downtown.

This event provides a unique opportunity for prospective students to spend time with us, as part of our community.

As a side note, while we’re usually very happy to see parents and families, Spring into the Arts! is an event for admitted students only.   However, we will be hosting a parents’ session from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on this evening in Room 107 of the Art Building.  Parents and families will be able to speak with Eva Gorbants, Assistant Dean and Director of Advising for the School of Fine Arts.  Assistant Dean Gorbants is a great resource, and is very knowledgeable about all academic matters.  Parents and families will also be welcome to join us at the general University Open House on Saturday, April 8.

3/27 Online Art Sale

This year, instead of the annual MFA Art Auction, the graduate students have decided to hold an online art sale that will raise money for the 2018 and 2019 MFA thesis shows in New York. All work will be two dimensional, and will be sold at prices that range from $25-$100. The website will go live on Monday, March 27th, 2017.

Use the link below to purchase some art on or after March 27th.


3/9 Open Studios 2017

The UCONN MFA students invite you to the 2017 Spring Semester Open Studios Event! Current artwork from the graduate students will be on view and their studio doors will be open, this is a great opportunity to talk with the MFA students about their work and studio practice + there will be a taco bar provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill!

Thursday, March 9th from 6-8PM at the Visual Arts Research Center (VARC) located on UConn’s Depot Campus in the Lebanon and Colchester buildings.

Address is: 95 Ahern Lane Storrs Mansfield, CT, 06269


The VARC is located on the UConn Depot Campus, just off Rt. 44.

*BY BUS: From the UConn main campus, take the Purple Line and get off at the Lebanon Cottage stop

*BY CAR: From 195, take Rt 44 West.

At the stoplight next to the former prison, make a left onto Walters Avenue. Stay right at the fork to merge onto Ahern Lane.

Just past the abandoned buildings, you should see Lebanon Cottage and a blue sign that says “Visual Arts Research Center.” Parking is FREE and so are the tacos. See you there!

2/8 Presentation by Visiting Artist, Patrick Earl Hammie


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 3:30pm
Artist Presentation – Storrs Campus, Art Building, Room 109

Patrick Earl Hammie is an American visual artist best known for his large-scale portrait and
figurative paintings that draw from art history and visual culture to examine cultural identity, social
equity, and critical aspects of gender and race today. Hammie’s body of work is defined by his
ongoing engagement with the history of painting, and his use of scale, expression, and emotive
subject matter recalls the painterly gestures of the Baroque and Romantic periods. In part his
interest is historical: he studies the pictorial, technical, and narrative conventions of Western art to
explore the ways in which primarily male artists have imagined the body. Considering such
conventions in a contemporary context, he delivers fresh ideals of bodies of color and women that
both disturb the existing cannon and normalize their presence in public art space and
discourse. Hammie is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, and he has received
awards and grants from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation, Indianapolis
Art Center, Tanne Foundation, University of Illinois, Wellesley College, and Zhou B Art Center.
His work is a part of several prominent collections including the Kohler Company Collection,
JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and William Benton Museum of
Art. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and was named an
“Artist to Watch” by the International Review of African American Art. Hammie is represented by
Yeelen Gallery in Miami and Kruger Gallery in Chicago.