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Boston Low Residency MFA

MFA Low Residency Students develop an independent body of work, which could involve a combination of media, technologies, and techniques. Six-week summer residencies in Boston immerse students in an intense studio environment and foster creative collaborations. During these residencies, students live on campus in the Artists’ Residence or in off-campus housing of their choosing.

Between residencies, students work under the guidance of a regionally based artist/mentor who conducts monthly studio visits and critiques. Online art history and critical studies courses forge greater understanding of contemporary art history and issues in contemporary studio practice, and strengthen the cohort through interactive discussion space.

At the conclusion of the program, students present thesis exhibitions and participate in final reviews on campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a professional studio practice, with personal content and vision
  • Advance technical knowledge and skill across media selected by the student
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s own artwork and in that of one’s peers
  • Develop presentations skills including public speaking and written artists’ statement
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional setting and in a professional manner
  • Develop knowledge of major historical and cultural characteristics of specific times /places. Infer relationships between society and art
  • Recognize various types of texts used in art historical analysis, and evaluate their content and effectiveness. Use various ideas, approaches and facts in the analysis of art. Formulate, research and argue a hypothesis. Articulate verbally and in writing, theoretical and critical perspectives on art
  • Recognize the impact of historical works of art on contemporary art
  • Draw connections between various artworks, artists and concepts, across a range of disciplines

Unique to MassArt 

Each summer, Low Residency MFA students exhibit their work in MassArt's professional art galleries, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, affording students the opportunity to work with a professional installation team, and our curatorial staff.

Visiting Artists Lecture Series

Visiting artists provide insight into transdisciplinary media and share diverse perspectives in artmaking. Past Visiting Lecturers include: 

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