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The MFA Fine Arts program at SVA reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. The program's main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists; to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms; and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

The SVA MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.

2016 – 2017 student population

63 matriculated students

Department chair

Mark Tribe (artist and founder of Rhizome)

Some notable faculty members

Gianni Jetzer, Leigh Ledare, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Laurel Nakadate, Paul Pfeiffer, Lisa Segal, James Siena, Mickalene Thomas, Fred Wilson

Some notable alumni

Katherine Bernhardt, Luca Buvoli, Steve DeFrank, Inka Essenhigh, Kate Gilmore, Johan Grimonprez, Michelle Lopez, Suzanne McClelland, Kate Shepard, Sarah Sze, Phoebe Washburn

Student exhibitions

In addition to open studios in the fall and spring, graduating students show their work in an annual thesis exhibition that takes place at an offsite location.

Department website

More information

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2107 | [email protected]

Media requests

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