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MFA Degree Program

Type: Awards, Grants, Fellowships [View all]
Posted by: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Deadline: Tue, January 15th, 2019

The UTK MFA in Studio Art is now accepting applications for fall 2019. This three-year program offers tracks in Ceramics, Sculpture, Time-Based Art, Painting + Drawing, and Printmaking. Applicants are considered for graduate teaching assistantships, full tuition waivers, annual stipends, and additional fellowships and awards. Our endowments allow students to compete for funding for travel, residencies, and materials.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks our MFA Studio Art program 15th among public institutions and 33rd nationally. Our printmaking concentration is ranked 2nd nationally. Our 20 full-time faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and conduct a high level of research and creative activity, while also focusing on teaching and mentoring students. The School of Art Lecture Series features acclaimed artists and scholars from around the world. The 2018-2019 lineup includes Chakaia Booker, Sheila Pree Bright, David Lubin, Yoonmi Nam, and Trenton Doyle Hancock. Our Artist-In-Residence Program, established in 1982, invites artists from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to teach classes each semester, including a graduate seminar. Recent resident artists include Dana Lok, Caitlin Cherry, Ezra Tessler, EJ Howser, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Aliza Nisenbaum, Patricia Treib, Josephine Halvorson, and Keltie Ferris.    

The School of Art programs three exhibition spaces: The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, the UT Downtown Gallery, located in Knoxville’s arts district, and Gallery 1010, Tennessee’s only student-run, non-profit, off-campus exhibition space. Knoxville has an active art and music scene that includes the Knoxville Museum of Art and the internationally acclaimed Big Ears Festival for sound, art, film, and music. A rapidly growing gallery scene offers students extensive opportunities to experience and exhibit works of art. Our graduate students receive funding to participate in national shows, including Orange 7 at Foley Gallery in New York. Opening on February 15, 2019, Orange 7 is UTK’s seventh annual MFA exhibition held in conjunction with the College Art Association Conference.

Application Instructions / Contact Information

Deadline is January 15, 2019, for GTA and funding consideration. For applications instructions, visit Please contact us at with questions or to arrange a tour. 

Posted on Tue, December 4th, 2018
Expires on Tue, January 15th, 2019

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