From the Chair

The relationship between “academia” and art is seemingly, forever fraught. Until quite recently, what we call art was historically in service to (depending on the epoch) religion, mythology, class/social strata, storytelling, and then the needs of architecture and all...

To the 2020 MFA Cohort

I had the privilege of welcoming you all to the Art Department three years ago. I remember being struck by the first couple exhibitions of your cohort and remarking to colleagues that you were clearly a special group. Your collective work represented a significantly...

🎓 Happy Graduation Class of 2020! 🎓 The semester took a strange turn, far outside the typical route to graduation that we expect. Classes switched to remote online courses in the middle, campus closed, our MFA and planned exhibitions were cancelled or postponed, even...

From the Chair

There is a 16th century Kabbalistic story that describes how all of the light in the world was originally contained in ten vessels. However, it seems that the vessels were too fragile to contain so much energy, and they quickly broke apart, sending sparks and light...

From the Chair

I’m feeling grateful for the health of our community and I am also feeling a lot of anger for things I cannot control. I feel, quite literally, stopped in my tracks, forward motion seems all but halted and, while working hard to adapt to this new reality, I am...

From the Chair

We are deeply inside of a historical moment now, made vividly aware of the minutiae of the moment via 24/7 news and streaming media. So much so that it is, for me, overwhelming. I am also very aware of the aggregation of mediated images of the Covid-19 crisis into a...