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Welcome to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. MassArt is a vibrant learning community where artists and designers are prepared to contribute to the creative economy and to shape contemporary culture.
What can you do with a degree from MassArt? Anything you want! Our alumni are shaping the world of the future as painters, sculptors, curators, industrial designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, leaders, and creatives in numerous fields.
At MassArt you’ll find a supportive and imaginative community where you can explore, discover, see, learn, try, fail, laugh, try again, make, cry, succeed, process, and excel, all under the guidance of expert faculty and staff who are ready to prepare you for your future.
Founded in 1873, MassArt is the nation’s first independent public institution of higher education dedicated to the training of artists. That pioneering spirit continues today. At MassArt we are committed to excellence, accessibility, affordability, and diversity.
Please contact our Admissions Office to learn more. If you have a passion to create, MassArt may be just the place for you.
Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D.
About ACTING PRESIDENT KYMBERLY PINDER
Dr. Kymberly Pinder’s career in higher education spans more than 25 years, in administrative and faculty roles with the University of New Mexico, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Middlebury College, among other institutions. Dr. Pinder served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico (UNM) since 2012, overseeing the state’s largest fine arts program, which offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the disciplines of art, music, theater & dance, and cinematic arts. She also served as Interim Director and Curator of the UNM Art Museum from 2014 to 2016.
As a scholar and a curator, Dr. Pinder teaches, writes and lectures on representations of religion, history and race in American Art, and has authored multiple books on the subject, most recently Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago (2016). Her curatorial projects include "Necessary Force: Art of the Police State" and "Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space as Canvas."
As a mural scholar, Dr. Pinder has always been committed to community engagement and interdisciplinary initiatives. Through a partnership with the city of Albuquerque, she led the founding of the CFA Downtown Studio, which has presented 400 events for a total audience of 8,000 since its 2015 launch, and she spearheaded the creation of an annual all-arts day with events throughout the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe with over 200 student participants.
As a scholar and a curator, Dr. Pinder teaches, writes and lectures on representations of religion, history and race in American Art, and has authored multiple books on the subject, most recently Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago (2016). Through a partnership with the city of Albuquerque, she led such initiatives as the founding of the UNM College of Fine Arts Downtown Studio and a class that resulted in a city mural.
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