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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Call for applications: MFA at the University of North Texas

Lithograph by Taylor Swanson and monoprint by Aunna Escobedo-Wickahm

The MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking at the University of North Texas is accepting applications to begin course work in Fall 2019.

**Deadline for priority consideration is February 1, 2019 (for enrolling in Fall 2019)**

Late applications may be reviewed for acceptance until March, but with fewer opportunities for Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships. Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator, Andrew DeCaen (andrew.decaen@unt.edu), for more details about the Printmaking program or to set up a tour of the printmaking studios.

About the Printmaking Program
Graduate Study in Printmaking at the University of North Texas isa broad and intensive experience for serious artists engaging in traditional and experimental printmaking processes as a primary form of expressioninterconnected to all studio disciplines. The printmaking area is a vibrant community of individuals from a variety of artistic and geographic backgrounds.Art faculty mentor graduate studentsindeveloping conceptual, formal and technical proficiency through studio practice, critical dialog, and professional development. Candidates build experience by participating in exhibitions, portfolio exchanges, collaborations with visiting artists, printmaking conferences, workshops, and other professional activities.

Printmaking Faculty and Staff:
Andrew DeCaen, Associate Professor of Art & Printmaking Area Coordinator
Lari Gibbons, Professor of Art & Director of P.R.I.N.T Press
Thomas Menikos, Printmaking Technician
Sydney Webb, Adjunct Instructor
Kazuko Goto, Adjunct Instructor

Recent MFA Alumni:
Luke Ball
Jessie Barnes
Laura Drapac
Sarah Ellis
Logan Hill
Adam Palmer
Zackary Petot
Linda Santana
Kayla Seedig
Cat Snapp
David Villegas
Jon Vogt
Chris Wallace

Printmaking Studios and Equipment
Our new beautifully-lit studios are carefully managed and maintained by our Printmaking Technician. The printmaking studios occupy 5700 square feet divided into a large space for relief, intaglio, monotype, and lithography processes, a space for screen print and artist’s books, a space for letterpress, and ancillary spaces including a darkroom, acid room, screen washout room, spray booth room, and critique spaces. In addition to these community spaces, we have a separate 700 square foot space for graduate student printing. Studio Art graduate students also have additional private studio spaces clustered to foster interdisciplinary dialog, networking, and collaboration. Students also utilize CVAD’s digital printing facilities, Digital Fabrication Lab, and 4th Floor Art Shop. The printmaking studio include:
  • 18" x 36" Takach etching press 
  • 36" x 60" Charles Brand etching press 
  • 30" x 50" Charles Brand etching press 
  • Two 26" x 50" Charles Brand etching press 
  • 16" x 30" Charles Brand etching press 
  • Whelan P100 XPress Pro etching press 
  • 8" x 10" Gordon letterpress 
  • SP-15 Vandercook letterpress 
  • 30" x 50" Charles Brand lithography press 
  • 32" x 56" Takach lithography press 
  • 30" x 44" Graphic lithography press 
  • SG-4464MSeri-glide screen printing Press (44” x 64”) 
  • WSL A2 photopolymer platemaker 
  • NuArc Trilite Tri-Light 42x60 exposure unit 
  • NuArc MSP 3140 exposure unit 
  • NuArc 40-1KS exposure unit 
  • A large selection of lithography stones (up to 30" x 24" in size) 
  • Hydraulic lift capable of lifting 1000kg 
  • A substantial collection of recently resurfaced professional rollers and brayers 
  • 30" x 48" light table 
  • 36" Prexto plate shear 
  • 22" x 32" hotplate 
Visiting Artists
Visiting artists, scholars, and critics are an integral part of our program’s pedagogy. Students gain direct exposure to national and internationally known artists and scholar through lectures, private studio visits, critiques, seminars, demonstrations, and collaborative projects. Recent CVAD visiting artists include: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Erika Adams, Dauvit Alexander, Tsuyoshi Anzai, Be Another Lab, Marion Belanger, Katie Bell, Charles Beneke, Alexandra Birchler, Erika Blumenfeld, Clarissa Bonet, Louis Cameron, Annette Carlozzi, Valerie Cassel, Nick Cave , Chika, Lia Cook, Kyle deCamp, Jeff DellDan Dicaprio, Mark Dion, Jill Downen, Natasha Egan, James Ehlers, Catherine Ellis, Jeff Elrod, Asya Geisberg, Dorothy Gill-Barnes, Susan Goethel-Campbell, Leamon Greene, Gary Griffin, Ann Hamilton, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nicole Hand, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Anna Hepler, Dave Hickey, Pat Hickman, Teresa Hubbard, Nicole Hand, Benito Huerta, Sophie Khan, Mark Klett, Andrew Kubeck, Lady Tech Guild, Derek Larson, Tim Lazure, Beili Liu, Sharon Louden, Whitfield Lovell, Beauvais Lyons, Mary Ellen Mark, David McGee, Phillis Mc Gibbon, Frances Adair McKenzie, Lloyd Menard, Ashley Nason, Dennis Olsen, Robyn O’Neil, Richard Patterson, Sondra Perry, John Pomara, Chris Ramsay, Alan Reid, Lee Renninger, Matthew Ritchie, Dario Robleto, Lauren Ross, Alison Saar, Humberto Saenz, Brandon Sanderson, H Schnenck, Jean Shin, Kiki Smith, Matthew Sontheimer, Laura Splan, Sarah Sze, Demitra Thomloudis, Jennifer Townsend, Penelope Juergen Strunck, Umbrico, Fred Wilson, Martha Wilson, Sang-Mi Yoo, and Bhakti Ziek.

Studio Art Research Resources
The UNT campus offers exceptional professional research resources including exceptional studios and equipment, professional galleries, student galleries, a digital fabrication lab, the UNT Rare Book Collection, and UNT Elm Fork Natural Heritage Collection. The surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth areas offer world-class art museums including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Trammel Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art among many others. The region is a vibrant contemporary art gallery scene and many other cultural activities.

Academic Structure
Our graduate students work with faculty mentors to plan a structured program of study to meet individual research interests and professional goals. Graduate students in the MFA program complete minimum of 60 hours including a series of Studio Praxis Coursesin Printmaking and Studio Art Electives, Art History, Professional Practices, and culminating with Creative Projectand MFA Exhibitioncourses. MFA annual Reviews provide opportunities for graduate students to participate in a dialog with a selection of faculty mentors about their progress and aspirations.

MFA in Studio Art procedures manual (download a pdf copy here) and the UNT Graduate catalog (http://catalog.unt.edu/index.php) will provide the structure to meet all of the requirements of the MFA Degree from the College of Visual Arts and Design and of the Toulouse Graduate School.

Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students
Our Graduate students have opportunities to gain experience in their field while earning a stipend to fund their education. The Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available in the Core Foundations Program. Graduate Teaching Assistants lead hands-on studio sessions for a section in Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, and Design II under the direction of a Lead Faculty Member. Non-teaching Assistantships may also be available on a limited basis. Graduate students in their final year have often been able to teach as a Teaching Fellow in the printmaking area.

Application Procedures
The process of applying to the MFA program at the College of Visual Arts and Design has three steps:

STEP 1: 
Apply online at tsgs.unt.edu. The Toulouse Graduate School of the University of North Texas evaluates the applicant to verify that minimum standards required for all graduate students at UNT are met. Graduate Admissions generally takes 2 to 4 weeks to process application materials including transcripts from all coursework applied to your undergraduate degree. The GRE test is no longer required for the MFA application. The application is then sent to the Studio Department Office for review by printmaking area faculty.

STEP 2: 
Apply online at unt.slideroom.com. The applicant is evaluated by the Printmaking Area Faculty. Applicants are evaluated by a series of required application materials including:
Portfolio of Artworks: 15 to 20 high quality images of artworks including at least 10 prints.
Letter of Intent: (PDF) A brief statement describing your educational and professional background, your motivations for attending graduate school, and your professional aspirations during and after graduate school.
Artist Statement: Describe the primary focus/foci of your recent work. This statement should illuminate the primary interest in concept, context, form, and/or media/process.
Artist Resume: (PDF) A professional resume showing all educational and professional experience including a complete exhibition record and contact information.
Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from professionals who know your experience and aspirations well.

STEP 3: 
Apply for Assistantships and Scholarships. See https://art.unt.edu/fellowships-assistantships
Graduate Assistantship Application: Apply for Assistantships when you apply to the MFA program. The TA application is online at https://forms.art.unt.edu/fellowship-app. New graduate students are encouraged to apply for a 1/2 time appointment (two positions) as a Graduate Area Assistant and/or Graduate Teaching Assistant to gain experience in their field while earning a stipend to fund their education. The Graduate Area Assistantships are typically available from among the following: Drawing I, Drawing II, Design I, and Design II. During the first semester, new graduate students will take a Seminar in University Teaching in Art course (ART 5700) to support and get training for teaching. Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator for advising on which positions to apply.

Academic Achievement Scholarship (AAS):http://tsgs.unt.edu/future-students/funding-your-graduate-education/awards/academic-achievement-scholarship

Tuition Benefits Program (TBP):https://tsgs.unt.edu/new-current-students/tbp-eligibility-criteria-and-requirements

Printmaking Blog(Current Printmaking activities)
College of Visual Arts and Design(CVAD)
MFA Manual
Toulouse Graduate School
Graduate Studies Application Procedures
Graduate Assistantship Application
Current Graduate Tuition and Fees

Please contact the Printmaking Area Coordinator, Andrew DeCaenfor more details about the Printmaking program or to set up a tour of the printmaking studios.