The program known as MFAST, or MFA in Studio Art, has been part of the graduate curriculum at MICA since the early 1990s. It was originated by Dr. Karen Carroll, Dean of the Center for Art Education at MICA, for primary and secondary art teachers still interested in furthering their own studio practice. And while the program is still open to those teachers, it has grown over the years to include many artists who are interested in developing their work in a low-residency studio program. MFAST has evolved in other ways, as well. Its curriculum has broadened to include a significant critical studies component, the diversity of approaches to art-making has expanded exponentially, and attention to professional development has expanded greatly. Yet with all of this growth, its faculty has never presented an exhibition of its own work. Here, for the first time, is such an exhibition.
The art world today is an ever-expanding sphere of creative possibilities. And these days, any graduate program worth its salt reflects the wide-ranging diversity of artistic practice seen in world art. To facilitate this expansiveness and diversity, an equally diverse faculty is essential. Shown here is the work of faculty mentors and facilitators that demonstrates the wide range of artistic practice which not only is encouraged among the students in the program and seen in art today, but is authentically engaged in by the faculty themselves. As disparate as all of them are in their own practice, these artists are devoted to the singular mission of working with graduate students who are serious about their work and dedicated to its artistic and intellectual growth and development.
Participating Mentors and Facilitators include:
Timothy App, Zlata Baum, Mark Alice Durant, Bruce Feldman, Billy Friebele, Nicole Herbert, Jayme McLellan, Dianne Pappas, John Penny, Brooke Sealover, and Renee Van der Stelt.