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Fine Arts 2D/3D

MFA 3D Fine Arts

In our MFA 3D program, you’ll explore sculptural mediums using our exceptional facilities in glass, clay, wood, and metal, and more.

MassArt’s full-time, two-year (60 credit) MFA 3D Fine Arts program is committed to an expanded understanding of the sculptural medium. 

With the support of faculty working across a range of media and disciplines, students engage in rigorous experimentation and collaboration, and the resulting work–from clay vessels to collaborative performance–reflects a highly personal investigation. Students with an expanded sense of practice are also encouraged to explore technology, performance, and the moving image as possible vehicles for their ideas.

Dialogue and critique are key components of an education in the studio arts, and at MassArt critique is viewed as a creative act. The rich dialogue among students, faculty, visiting artists, and critics takes place within the framework of core classes, electives, presentations, and excursions off campus. Our approach illuminates new pathways for each artist’s work, helping students to build a sustainable practice, and to develop perspective and empathy as artist citizens of the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the MFA 3D program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

  • Create one’s own 21st century studio practice based upon one’s own personal vision and imagination. Understand being and artist using life and studio experience, as well as research, to support ideas
  • Explore, research and experiment with new media and processes
  • Understand a wide range of approaches and methodologies to 3D problem solving
  • Develop craftsmanship. Learn to safely use tools, equipment, materials and processes
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of conceptual, symbolic and metaphorical issues
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines and participate in critical dialogue with peers in their fields
  • 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
  • Prepare and present a professional level artists talk in conjunction with the Thesis Exhibition
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional manner in the thesis exhibition. Students may also participate in other exhibitions and curatorial opportunities at the college or other venues
  • Assume the responsibility for development of a professional career in the arts, developing professional and vocation resources
  • 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
  • Collaborate with artists in other disciplines

MFA 3D Faculty

Wendy Jacob

Graduate Program Coordinator, MFA 3D

Anjali Srinivasan

Associate Professor, Glass

Dennis Svoronos

Faculty, Low Residency MFA
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MFA 2D Fine Arts

The foundation of our MFA 2D program is an individualized education that helps each student develop artistic vision and voice.

Our full-time, two-year (60-credit) MFA Fine Arts 2D program encourages students to experiment and explore, while refining the technical and conceptual strategies in their work.

Students are encouraged and challenged, and through rigorous study, creative exploration, and critical discourse, each artist’s body of work deepens and evolves, along with the student’s ability to place their work in the context of contemporary practice. 

Dialogue and critique are key components of an education in the studio arts, and at MassArt critique is viewed as a creative act. The rich dialogue among students, faculty, visiting artists, and critics takes place within the framework of core classes, electives, presentations, and excursions off campus. Our approach illuminates new pathways for each artist’s work, helping students to build a sustainable practice, and to develop perspective and empathy as artist citizens of the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the MFA 2D program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

  • Establish one’s own creative studio practice that is grounded in knowledge and derived from focused and immersive experience of seeing, thinking and doing. This work is centered in and guided by a student’s own interest and sensibilities
  • Produce artwork that is original and goes beyond a student’s status quo
  • Produce artwork in which subject, concept, form and content interlock
  • Develop technical, perceptual, and conceptual awareness and skills
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines
  • 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
  • Make coherent, thoughtful and insightful visual and verbal presentations of ones work that demonstrate knowledge of the key issues related to one’s work. These issues include and how one’s work is situated in time and place, and the context of one’s work in terms of concept, material, process, form and style
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional manner in the thesis exhibition. Work with other students organizing, curating, installing and exhibiting work in the college’s exhibition spaces or other venues
  • Understand a range of professional pathways for careers in the arts
  • 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
  • Collaborate with artists in other disciplines

MFA 2D Faculty

Cecilia Vázquez

Chair, Fine Arts 2D

Galvan Rene

Program Supervisor, Art Education

Catarina Coelho

Visiting Lecturer, Fine Arts 2D

Elizabeth Mooney

Assistant Professor, Low Residency MFA
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Fine Arts 2D/3D

Fine Arts 2D/3D

Our MFA programs in Fine Arts 2D/3D provide a rigorous and individualized education that helps each student develop artistic vision and voice.

In MassArt’s Fine Arts MFA 2D/3D programs, students work side-by-side, experimenting and exploring, while refining the technical and conceptual strategies in their work. With state-of-the-art facilities and expert faculty, we provide a vibrant community for artistic exploration and professional growth, nurturing both technical expertise and conceptual development.

Fine Arts Lecture Series

Each semester, MassArt’s Fine Arts MFA 2D/3D and undergraduate Fine Arts programs collaborate to welcome visiting artists and critics to campus.

Fine Arts Lecture Series 

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Artist Steve Locke on the ubiquity of art in every day life

  • Alumni in the News
  • MFA 2D

MassArt Alumnus, Steve Locke, MFA ‘01, joined GBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen to discuss his career and the role that art plays in our every day lives, which includes his his recent installation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 150th anniversary.

In Locke’s latest work, bright pink neon lights up part of the MassArt building’s facade, emphasizing the word “NORMAL” emblazoned on the wall. Locke’s goal, as he says, was to highlight the school’s history as a place of furthering public education: “I wanted to highlight the fact that MassArt is a teacher’s school. It’s a school that trains teachers, and it’s a public school, and I wanted to affirm the value of public education.”

In the interview, speaking:
Jared Bowen: 
“Have we lost our way that the arts are normal?
Steve Locke: “People think the arts are outside of themselves…and I say to people all the time, everything in your life was designed by a creative person, an artist or designer. The coffee cup you drink out of, the shirt you wear, all the apps on your phone, the interior of your car, teh Benjamin Moore color of the year, all that stuff comes through the arts. People think it’s somehow separate or different from their lives, but it’s not.”

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  • MassArt in the Media
  • MFA 2D

“40 Part Part” by Jace Clayton
On view at the MassArt Art Museum through July 30

Artist Jace Clayton grew up in North Andover and graduated from Harvard before recently returning to the MassArt Art Museum for a series of three installations, including the striking “40 Part Part.”

Inspired by artist Janet Cardiff’s presentation of 16th-century choral works, Clayton creates what appears to be a “minimalist sculpture” consisting of 40 speakers on stands around the room. Audiences are invited into the space to connect their phones to the speaker and listen to music of their choosing. As part of the installation, Clayton has designed an algorithm that changes how visitors hear the music.

“You start playing the music,” Bowen described, “and it gets absorbed because of this algorithm into different ways throughout the room. So it will come from just one speaker or you’ll just hear part of the sound and then the rest of that sound is distributed through another speaker around the room.”

He added that “it was such an odd feeling to have this piece of music that you know so well, that’s kind of fundamental to your upbringing and then have it just completely distorted and dismantled and played with. It kind of almost felt like I had stepped into a different reality.”

“Normal” by Steve Locke
On view at the MassArt South Building

One of Boston’s “great stars,” Steve Locke [MassArt Alumnus, MFA ‘01], has returned from New York for an installation on the exterior of MassArt for the institute’s 150th anniversary. The title gets its name from the term “normal school,” which was used to describe MassArt at its founding. (Today, such an institution would be called a teaching college.)

Locke’s work uses pink neon to outline the letters of the word “normal” in the brickwork to emphasize that the arts are normal. “The arts aren’t something exceptional, they’re just a normal part of our life,” Bowen said.

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In Its 150th Year, MassArt Presents 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

  • Announcement
  • MassArt in the Media
  • MFA 2D

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is pleased to present MFA Thesis 2023, showcasing the work of 12 Master of Fine Arts candidates in the final semester of their graduate programs in 2D/3D Fine Arts, Photography, and Film/Video. The exhibition is on view in two parts at the MassArt x SoWa gallery through June 4, with a student-curated on-campus component, My Feelings These Days, on view at the college’s Doran Graduate Gallery through June 2.

Featured 2023 MFA Thesis artists include Yukai Chen, Hadis Karami, Catherine LeComte, Kierra LoRayne, Lucie March, Dara Morgenstern, Yuxiao Mu, Yana Nosenko, Ashley Pelletier, Katalina Simon, Piyu Somani, and Jialin (Tiffany) Wang.

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