As one of the only graduate programs in the country to focus solely on painting, a select group of highly talented painters has the opportunity to find their individual voices and develop the discourse to position their work in the contemporary art world. Hoffberger is primarily a graduate school of painting, the art of creating a world on a two-dimensional surface. Through frequent critiques, discussions, and dialogues with the director, the artist-in-residence, and visiting artists, as well as trips to major art centers, students find their way toward more individual forms of expression.
A high level of competence and commitment is expected of Hoffberger students. Students are provided with individual studios. The emphasis of the program is on intensive independent work. A total of 60 credits is required for the MFA; of these, 48 must be in studio coursework and 12 in liberal arts seminars. A selection of liberal arts seminars especially designed for graduate students are offered each semester, but graduate students may take undergraduate liberal arts class with the permission of the instructor.
In addition to weekly visits from the director, students benefit from working with visiting artists and critics. Twice each semester, students meet with a visiting artist who gives a slide talk and makes individual studio visits for discussion and critique. Students also have access two days a month to an artist-in-residence.
Who Should Apply
Enrollment is limited to 20 students who intend to pursue a career in the arts and who have already developed considerable proficiency in their medium. Along with a thorough knowledge of the discipline of painting, the program places emphasis on the development of the student's own vision, clear critical thinking, and disciplined studio practice that will continue into the student's professional career.