Low-Residency MFA in Provincetown

Provincetown has inspired artists for hundreds of years; the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center has provided a sanctuary for artists since 1968.

After much deliberation MassArt has determined that we are not able to enroll a new cohort to the Provincetown program this year due to pedagogical and financial considerations. However, MFA: Fine Art (Low Residency in Boston) mirrors the curriculum and structure of the Provincetown program while providing greater access to faculty and facilities that support a variety of media and studio practices.

Provincetown has inspired artists for hundreds of years; the Fine Arts Work Center has provided a sanctuary for artists since 1968. In 2005 MassArt launched a low-residency 2D/MFA Program at the Fine Arts Work Center to share this experience with artists who want to pursue an MFA without suspending their personal and professional commitments.

MassArt's 2D/MFA in Provincetown is a unique opportunity for self-directed artists to develop their work in an environment of natural beauty, through a graduate program that combines the intensity of on-site community and peer-based learning with the freedom and flexibility of distance education. The program encourages both traditional and non-traditional two-dimensional practice; the line is often blurred between two dimensional practice and other fields. Artists who are nominally painters draw, paint, print, photograph, and create installations and constructions in and outside their studios.

The intensity of the residency sessions and off-site periods in this 60 credit two-year program requires a high degree of discipline and commitment to one's work. Students spend four three-and-a-half week residencies in Provincetown during September and May, working intensively in their studios, which are open 24 hours a day, and participating in the Major Studio and Graduate Seminar. Emphasis is on studio production; on structuring interactions where artists can create work and receive critical feedback.

Between residencies students return home to work under the guidance of artist/mentors through monthly studio visits and critiques. On-line art history and critical studies courses support an understanding of the context of contemporary work. At the conclusion of the program, candidates return to the Work Center for a final one-week residency in September to exhibit their thesis show, participate in thesis reviews, and submit their written theses.

The Fine Arts Work Center was founded by Alan Dugan, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Motherwell, and Hudson Walker (among others) to support emerging artists and writers by providing uninterrupted time to live and work in Provincetown. Participants in the MFA Program have access to a wealth of FAWC resources including large studios, printmaking facilities, a darkroom, a gallery, and a computer lab. Housing is available in local guest houses and inns and Provincetown is a walkable city--a car is not needed.

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