Graduate Programs

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting is one of the nation's most selective graduate programs.

Hoffberger is primarily a graduate school of painting, one of the only graduate programs in the country to focus solely on painting and embrace the millennia of its history as a context for critique. Through frequent presentations and visits to the major art centers, discussions in dialogues with the director, the artist-in-residence, visiting artists, and their peers, students find their way toward an individual form of expression. 

The intensive study during this two-year program allows a select group of talented painters the opportunity to develop the discourse, materials, and practice to position their work in the contemporary art world.

Program Overview

A high level of competence and commitment is expected of Hoffberger students. Students are provided with individual studios. The emphasis of the program is on intensive independent work. A total of 60 credits is required for the MFA; of these, 48 must be in studio coursework and 12 in liberal arts seminars. A selection of liberal arts seminars especially designed for graduate students are offered each semester, but graduate students may take undergraduate liberal arts class with the permission of the instructor.

In addition to weekly visits from the director, students benefit from working with visiting artists and critics. Twice each semester, students meet with a visiting artist who gives a slide talk and makes individual studio visits for discussion and critique. Students also have access two days a month to an artist-in-residence.

Who Should Apply

Enrollment is limited to 20 students who intend to pursue a career in the arts and who have already developed considerable proficiency in their medium. Along with a thorough knowledge of the discipline of painting, the program places emphasis on the development of the student's own vision, clear critical thinking, and disciplined studio practice that will continue into the student's professional career.

Abstract painting, a white square is draped across a canvas and frame that are both painted pink.
Abstract painting, dark teal and black swirls in a wood-grain like pattern.
Outlines of mountains and streams etched into canvas with a sand-like texture. A road fades off into the distance.
Slanted pink lines against a beige background. A neon yellow stripe runs along the bottom of the painting.
Abstract painting, a white square is draped across a canvas and frame that are both painted pink.

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LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

Artist
Jinie Park
Date
2015
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist. 

Abstract painting, dark teal and black swirls in a wood-grain like pattern.

Disperse the flame

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

Artist
Lauren Jefferson
Date
2015
Medium
Acrylic on panel
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist.

Outlines of mountains and streams etched into canvas with a sand-like texture. A road fades off into the distance.

Headlights on the Highway

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

Artist
Stephen Clark
Date
2015
Medium
Fabric paint and enamel on canvas
Dimensions
20 x 16 inches
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist. 

Slanted pink lines against a beige background. A neon yellow stripe runs along the bottom of the painting.

Lot

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

Artist
Erin High
Date
2014
Credit

Image courtesy of the artist.

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2018 Visiting Artists

Hoffberger Visiting Artists

The community of serious creatives in MICA's Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting is complemented by critiques and one-on-one dialogue with the director and visiting artists and critics.