60 Credit Hours
Practice the Art of FearlessnessInterdisciplinarity, as a means of connecting and integrating distinct creative methodologies, is a defining characteristic of contemporary art practice. Graduate Book and Paper Arts degree students are encouraged to confront traditional ideas about creative practice by working across disciplines—such as visual art, dance, music, theater, or literary arts—to catalyze radically new inquiries, methods, and forms of art-making.
students become fearless innovators in contemporary art by approaching interdisciplinarity as a fluid term
Students become fearless innovators in contemporary art by approaching interdisciplinarity as a fluid term—it may mean that they ground their work in research, tools or techniques from disciplines outside the field of art, work with artists from other art mediums or non-artists, or create artwork that is itself interdisciplinary: an artist book, an installation, a sculptural work incorporating sound, an interactive video, etc.
MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper ArtsThe graduate Book and Paper Arts degree program promotes understanding of hand papermaking, printmaking and the book arts as artistic media with application in cultural discourse, community building and collaborative practice. The coursework integrates both technical and conceptual considerations and encourages experimentation with new media, performance, and installation. The program encourages students to create a body of work that reflects the complexity of their world. They are also asked to consider the context for that work—who is the audience, where will it be seen, how will it be presented? The emphasis on both creative practice and professional practice gives students an advantage—they become not only innovative practitioners, but sophisticated professionals who understand how to position themselves in the contemporary art landscape.
small class sizes allow for deep engagement and personal interaction between students and their faculty
During the three years of focused study in the graduate Book and Paper Arts degree program, students explore the history, theory, tools and techniques of numerous creative disciplines, learn to effectively integrate those methodologies around a conceptual framework, and ultimately shape their ideas into radically new art forms made manifest in a significant body of work. Small class sizes allow for deep engagement and personal interaction between students and their faculty. During the development of their thesis, students work closely with a committee of their selection composed of faculty and prominent arts professionals from outside the department. Recent external advisors include: Joline Blais, Melissa Ragona, Betty Bright, and Gail Deery.
the student's classroom and studio experience is enriched by a Visiting Artist program that allows for meaningful interaction with internationally renowned practitioners.
Dialogue with the Contemporary Art World
The classroom and studio experience for graduate Book and Paper Arts degree students is enriched by a Visiting Artist program that allows for meaningful interaction—through seminars, workshops, lectures, and individual critiques—with internationally renowned practitioners. Recent visiting artists include: John Boesche, Arnold Dreyblatt, Keith Hennessey, Eungie Joo, Alison Knowles, Margot Lovejoy, Mary Lucier, Christina McPhee, Bill Viola, Diane Willow, Paul Wong, Trevor Paglen, Tim Barrett, David Stout, and Cory Metcalf.