Graduate Programs

Studio Art (Summer Low-Residency MFA)

MICA's M.F.A. in Studio Art Summer Low-Residency (MFAST) program is designed for experienced artists who want to pursue graduate study without disrupting their ongoing careers.

The emphasis of the MFAST is in integrating practice with theory, where students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and researchers who may focus on one specific medium or work across various media.

Program Overview

MFAST students complete their graduate studies over three years plus one summer. Each year, students come to MICA for an intensive six-week summer residency combined with independent work during the academic year and a return to campus for a short winter session. During the time that students are not on campus, they keep in touch with their dedicated faculty mentor through distance learning tools. Intensity and length of the program help to create a strong community of peers and a network of visiting artists, critics, and alumni that truly influence the students thinking and practice.

Areas of concentration include the full range of contemporary art practices; students may focus on one specific medium or work across various media. Although the program promotes interdisciplinary approaches to art production students are encouraged to work in ways most appropriate to their individual research.

Individual studios and a broad array of academic resources and facilities are provided for all the students while they are in residence during the summer session. Candidates must develop their own studio facilities for use during the academic year. Exhibition space is provided for group shows and individual thesis shows during the summer.

Each candidate is assigned a faculty mentor based on the work submitted for admission. These faculty mentors the student for the duration of the program. More feedback comes from a visiting critic who also meets with the students weekly during the summer. Finally, there is a different visiting artist or critic each week during the summer session as well as during the winter critique.

Who Should Apply

This low-residency program is intended for a broad range of experienced artists, teachers, and other art professionals who wish to expand their understanding of contemporary art through an engagement with extensive studio practice while developing a conceptual framework for their work.

MFAST Alums

Recent Projects and Publications of Fritz Horstman, class of 2011

"Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space" at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University includes two of Fritz’s large sculptures based on glacial valleys and 25 small Formwork sculptures included along with the work of five great painters: Edith Baumann, Benny Fountain, Richard Kenton Webb, Shingo Francis, and Jane Harris. The exhibit was curated by Richard Davey and also features a series of Josef Albers's prints. Pictured below is an installation view from the Martin Museum of Art.

Fritz is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Dessau Bauhaus in Germany, working on an installation drawn from their Bauforschungsarchiv (building and materials archive). This is a collaboration between the Bauhaus and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where Fritz is resident artist and education coordinator. "Archive Assemblage (Dessau") will be on long-term display in the Bauhaus building.

Recent publications include "A Blue Dark", a book pairing Fritz’s drawings with Fiona Sze-Lorrain's poems, "The Original Bauhaus Workbook" (50 exercises from the Bauhaus Preliminary Course), "The Bauhaus and Harvard" (a catalogue from the recent exhibition) and an article available both in print and online in "The Royal Academy Magazine."

Finally, Fritz is looking forward to curating an exhibition, to open in March at the New Britain Museum of American Art, called "Anni Albers in Connecticut: 40 Years of Innovation."

MFAST Alums

Katrina Bello ('13) Shows Work in Two-Person Exhibit

Katrina Bello, class of 2013, presented work inspired by her experiences with immigration in a two-person exhibition (with artist Mariejon de Jong-Buijs), “Vast Expanses,” at the Brick + Mortar Gallery in Easton, Pennsylvania. In her series “Immensity,” Katrina uses a somewhat formal representation of landscape by including the outline of Mindanao, her former childhood home in the Philippines. This relatively small island holds within it the Pacific Ocean, breaking with a traditional use of scale as the great ocean is constrained by the small island.

Katrina explored the shared experiences of migration with her daughters, each residing on one end of the vast Pacific which both separates and binds them. As the series progressed Katrina considered the political and environmental effects on the ocean today, touching on pollution and ownership in an inconspicuous manner. Creating an abyss of negative space, in contrast with the highly detailed representational drawings of islands and oceans, Katrina laid bare the medium by allowing the water and charcoal to change the topographical landscape of the work. The photo below was taken during Katrina’s artist talk for the exhibit.

Featured Artist MFA Studio Art '19

New work by Sarabel Santos Negrón at Muestra Nacional de Artes 2018

Sarabel Santos Negrón is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work focuses on the experience and memory of the nature and landscape of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with a special interest in its expansive organic form and structure. She uses drawing, painting and mixed media together with industrially produced and everyday materials such as paper, plastic, wire, and wood, among others. She is also director of the Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB) in Puerto Rico.