Master of Fine Arts

"For me, there are no boundaries between mediums, only curiosities about what happens when they are joined and how that might create a more savory image, object or place." - Judy Haberl

Judy Haberl

There is no single philosophy or style put forward by the faculty of the 3D (Sculpture) MFA program. Some graduate students work with traditional materials and processes including glass, ceramics, wood, metal, and fibers; others create technology-driven objects using kinetic, interactive, video or electronic elements.

The work of Judy Haberl, Graduate Program Coordinator, illustrates the permeability of boundaries between mediums which the 3D MFA program encourages. Although often described as a sculptor, Haberl uses photography to do more than simply document her creations. Her images have been described as "organic photographs of impermanent sculptures." Jewels of all kinds, flowers, fur, and hair are frozen in ice-some in vase shapes, others as what appeared to be portraits or the contents of ponds. Once removed from the freezer, the ice sculptures are photographed using a large format camera-where they immediately begin to melt under the hot studio lights. The fragmented surface of the ice adds a temporal element to the prints, which become both a documentary of her ephemeral sculptures and artworks in and of themselves. She also works with installation and sculptures with sound components.

The MFA Program

The 3D (Sculpture) MFA is a full-time, 60-credit program. Students receive individual studio spaces and access to a million square feet of fabrication, installation, and exhibition potential. MassArt's sculptural facilities are industrially scaled: enormous metal and wood fabrication shops, a metal forge and foundry, 6 large electric kilns, 4 large gas-fired kilns, large-scale fiber facilities, an electronic projects lab, state-of-the-art computer and imaging labs, a papermaking studio, and a brand new glass shed which includes rooms for working with hot and cold processes and equipment used to cut, grind, polish, drill, and sandblast glass.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in 3D (Sculpture) is a 2-semester program for students with a BA or BS who wish to develop their portfolios in preparation for applying to an MFA program, as well those who wish to develop their work for exhibition. Working with the Graduate Program Coordinator, students choose studio electives from within the department and other media and disciplines as appropriate, as well as independent study projects and History of Art electives. Although students are encouraged to apply, completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program does not guarantee admission to MassArt's MFA program.

For more information visit the website of MassArt's Graduate Programs.

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