Graduate Programs

Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)

Six to eight students are accepted to Rinehart each year; built on a small cohort, students are given direct access to faculty and internationally renowned guests.

Rinehart Program Overview

The oldest program of its kind in the country, Rinehart offers unique, individually tailored curriculum. Assigned studios open onto a common work area for easy access to a comprehensive fabrication shop and to a seminar space where peer interaction, ideas exchange, and discourse occur naturally. Critical readings and writing workshops are central to the program, balancing intensive studio practice with a rigorous focus on history and critical theory.

Seminar

The Rinehart Seminar consists of weekly lectures and discussions led by Program Director Dolores Zinny and renowned visiting artists, critics, art historians, and curators. Guest Lecturers include local Baltimore artists and professionals from other disciplines such as journalists, architects, and scientists.  Click here to see Recent Visiting Lecturers

These outstanding professionals give public talks, share meals with students and faculty, engage in give-and-take in small class meetings and seminars, and critique student work. 

This time provides Rinehart Students with a solid theoretical framework, with a greater grasp of regional and global art scenes, critical perspectives, and an approximation on how to position themselves and their artistic practice within current local and international dynamics.  

Field Trips

Field trips to New York, Washington, and Philadelphia are part of the Rinehart Seminar.  We visit artists' studios, curators, and exhibitions, such as the Philadelphia Art Museum, Jasper Johns Mind/Mirror at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Field trips inside Baltimore are frequent, and Rinehart promotes students working within the city's context and history.

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students in conversation with the exhibition curator Carlos Basualdo. 

Partnerships and Collaborations

Partnership with ETH Zurich 

Art and Architecture class, professor artist Karin Sander.

International Collaborations for Models of Art fabrication. The challenge here is to think about all the different modes employed during the pandemic and which ones could remain through time to alter the conditions of production and display of the artworks.

Practicum

Through one-on-one consultations, students are guided on the essential technical knowledge for fabricating and displaying the artwork they have in mind.

The Practicum provides assistance and workshops in core techniques, methods, and technologies. Topics range from introductions to kinetics, metal fabrication, sound capture & editing, studio lighting, circuits and control devices, interactive coding and programming, video, 3-D software, research on traditional and new materials, and construction techniques. 

These workshops and instructors will change each semester to provide students with skill sets grounding and sustaining their sculptural practice.

 

Who Should Apply?

You should apply if you are willing to:

• Consider sculpture as a place of translation, a channel for the confluence of local ideas in a globalized context.
• Create new venues and platforms where different artists from diverse backgrounds can convey and flourish.
• Engage with your regional community and surroundings.
• Investigate the relations between art and architecture, reflect on how urban and architectonic spaces affect how we think and act.
• Examine the conditions of display, how artworks are affected by the circumstances in which they are placed.
• Participate in classes given by national and internationally renowned artists, art historians, curators, and critics. Deep understanding of key figures in Modern and Contemporary Art.
• Get inspired by and discuss your ideas with accomplished professionals of other disciplines such as journalists, writers, architects, and scientists.
• Familiarize with and be ready to discuss critical theory positions.
• Reflect on the current conditions of production and distribution.
• As artists and active citizens define, conceptualize and imagine the functions of sculpture today: how and for whom are we producing.

You should apply if you are engaged with:

• Sculptural artistic practice.
• Large-scale projects, public art, installation art.
• Architectural and urban interventions.
• Space, place, site history.
• Design, theater stage, film, TV set design.
• Environmental studies within a visual arts language.
• Performative and spatial practices.
• Digital spaces, web-based projects, 3D digital modeling, and fabrication.
• Sound, immaterial sculpture.
• Text as sculpture.
• Jewelry, artifacts, and furniture.
• Critical theory and practice.
• Art movements within differing geographies, critical studies.

Each graduate program has unique application requirements and guidelines. Candidates are encouraged to apply to multiple programs but must complete and submit a unique application for each.