111 Willard Hall
Director of graduate studies:
Rebecca Bahlmann, M.F.A., Chelsea College
Kevin Bernstein, M.F.A., University of Washington
Glen R. Brown, Ph.D., Stanford University
Carlos Castellanos, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
Geraldine Craig, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art
Douglas Dow, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Matthew Gaynor, M.F.A., Yale University
Shreepad Joglekar, M.F.A., Texas Tech University
Nancy Morrow, M.F.A., University of Washington
Mervi Pakaste, M.F.A., Penn State University
Teresa Schmidt, M.F.A., Washington State University
Jason Scuilla, M.F.A., Temple University
Daniel Warner, M.F.A., University of Notre Dame
Erin Wiersma, M.F.A., University of Connecticut
Dukno Yoon, M.F.A., Miami University
Graduate Faculty Emeriti:
Lynda Andrus, M.F.A., University of Iowa
Thomas Bookwalter, B.A., Emporia State University
LouAnn Faris Culley, Ph.D., Stanford University
Yoshiro Ikeda, M.F.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Margo Kren, M.F.A., University of Iowa
Oscar Vance Larmer, M.F.A., Wichita University
Judith Love, M.F.A., University of Nebraska
James C. Munce, M.F.A., Indiana University
Duane P. Noblett, M.F.A., University of Iowa
John William O’Shea, M.F.A., State University of Iowa
Elliott Pujol, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University
Rex Replogle, M.F.A., University of Kansas
Roger Routson, M.F.A., University of Illinois
Edward Sturr, Ed.D., Illinois State University
James P. Swiler, M.F.A., Wichita State University
John L. Vogt, M.F.A., University of Illinois
Gary L. Woodward, M.F.A., University of Washington
Graduate Faculty Associates:
Heather Bayless, M.F.A., Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
Elizabeth Seaton, Ph.D., Northwestern University
As established by the College Art Association and accepted by all accredited universities, the master of fine arts degree is the terminal degree in visual arts education and is equivalent to terminal degrees in other fields, such as the Ph.D. or Ed.D. It is a graduate program wherein the emphasis is placed upon the studio practice of art, with the intent of educating students for professional careers as artists and designers or as university teachers of the visual arts.
First and foremost, the profession demands from the recipient of the M.F.A. a certifiable level of technical proficiency and the ability to make art. When work toward the M.F.A. has been concentrated in a particular medium, there should be complete professional mastery of that medium. The generalist, whose preparation has been broader and less specialized, must still meet the critical demands of the profession by convincingly demonstrating expertise and knowledge in a number of areas. In any case, the need for thorough training of the mind, the eye, and the hand is self-evident.
The Department of Art offers a 60-hour graduate program leading to the master of fine arts degree in the fields of ceramics, drawing, graphic design and digital media, painting, printmaking, photography, metalsmithing and jewelry, and sculpture. There are 18 full-time graduate faculty members who, in addition to their teaching, are active in exhibiting or publishing.
The department has fully equipped workshop facilities and also provides some individual studios for graduate students. Graduate teaching assistantships are available, with the added benefit of 100 percent tuition remission for full-time GTAs.
The university provides a variety of experiences for learning and development through a stimulating series of exhibitions, lectures, theatre presentations, concerts and recitals. Additionally, the art department sponsors its own regular series of visiting lecturers, artists, and critics-including, Julie Heffernan, Mary Elizabeth Brim, Matthew Shlian, Michael Kline, Eric C. Benson, Roger Shimomura, Bilyana Dimitrova, John E. Dowell, Ryan Bussens, Richard Elaver, William Wallace, Benjamin Edwards, Chris Jungjohann, & Robert Rivers.
For information regarding admission procedures, please see the Department of Art website at: http://art.ksu.edu/grad/admission.html.
To be admitted as a graduate student in the M.F.A. program, the applicant must have a B.A., B.S., or B. F.A. degree from an accredited institution, adequate undergraduate education in the visual arts, and an undergraduate average of B (3.0) or better in the junior and senior years. The applicant should have at least 60 undergraduate semester credit hours in visual arts, with a minimum of 20 semester hours in the area of concentration.
All international students applying to the M.F.A. program must meet the same level of achievement as U.S. students.
Applicants with the M.A. degree
Students with an M.A. degree from an accredited institution who wish to apply for the M.F.A. program at Kansas State University should follow the same general application procedures outlined above.
Students who hold an M.A. degree may apply up to 10 hours of that degree toward an M.F.A. The number of hours to be accepted will depend on the relevance of the course work to the M.F.A. After the applicant has been accepted into the M.F.A. program, the director of graduate studies will meet with the graduate studies committee, the proposed major professor and the coordinator of the student’s studio area to evaluate the student’s transcript and to determine the number of credits which may be applied to the M.F.A. degree.
Master of Fine Arts