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University of Miami accepting applications for MFA studies

Published January 19, 2012

We would like to announce that Ceramics program at the University of Miami is accepting applications for MFA studies for the fall of 2012. We are a private research institution located in the heart of Coral Gables, historic district of Miami Florida. Our graduate program in ceramics has a strong tradition, and our commitment is to motivate and cultivate excellence while providing outstanding resources to our students.

The duration of our MFA program is three years (six semesters). All full-time graduate students accepted in our program are awarded a full tuition remission and assistantships granting them a yearly stipend (applicants must submit the Department of Art and Art History Assistantship Application form along with their application for admission into the MFA Program). Our ceramics program typically accommodates several graduate students which allows for a strong individual attention. All graduate students are provided with a private studio space and have unlimited access to well equipped facilities including kilns, glaze area, plaster labs and research room (digital imaging station and a collection of books, magazines, catalogues and slides).

Miami is the fourth largest urban area in the country with its population presenting a truly unique blend of different cultures. Such diversity forms a unique cultural oasis and energetic art scene.

Unlike cities with long artistic roots, Miami offers a distinctive blend of high and low thrill, from the madness of Art Basel fairs, hi end museums and reputable private galleries, to garage converted alternative spaces. Our students have a unique chance not only to be exposed to Miami’s vibrant art scene, but also to become active participants. Department of Art and Art history manages gallery spaces both in the Wynwood gallery district and on campus. We host events throughout the year, notably our MFA candidates have exclusive opportunity to present their works to the audience of Art Miami.

Graduate students in sculpture, glass and ceramics along with five full-time faculty members form a coordinated 3D area. Such structure allows us to commit to the research and experimentation that crosses traditional boundaries of a single medium. All faculty members in the area are active practicing artists with established national / international presence. Visiting artist series in ceramics is over 25 years old and have included: Lisa Clague, Jean Pierre Laroque, Arthur Gonzalez, Gina Bobrowski, McKenzie Smith, David Regan, Brad Schwieger, Doug Casebeer, Ed Eberley, Jim Leedy, Richard Notkin, Akio Takamori, Judy Moonelis, Paul Dresang, Chris Gustin, Dan Anderson, Les Lawrence, William Daly, Andrea Gill, Mathieus Ostroman, Stephen DeStaebler, Steven Hill, Jonathan Kaplan, Ralph Baccera, Josh Deweese, Russ Gustofson Hilton, John Roloff, Karen Koblitz, Dan Gunderson, Eva Kwong…Recent visiting artists include: Dr. Judith Schwartz, Anne Drew Potter, Harris Deller, Michael Lucero, Richard Notkin, and Anna Calluori Holcombe.

We will be accepting graduate applications until February 15th. More information about our program can be found at: www.miami.edu/art. We have also attached 2011/12 postcard briefly outlining our program, facilities and equipment. It is our hope that you will find a chance to inform your students about our program, as well as to encourage them to explore our offerings.