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Our MFA program educates artists who will define and change the future of their disciplines. It instills students with the agency and resiliency that will be essential to the next generation of artists.
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Led by professor and chair Lisa Bulawsky, the program is home to an inclusive, close-knit community of renegade makers and thinkers, and offers students a site of rigorous inquiry, humanity, and intellectual generosity. In fall 2021, we will launch a new curriculum that maximizes the context of the broad and diverse community at Washington University and in St. Louis.

As part of Washington University, a tier-one research institution, the School’s expansive facilities and studios serve as a think tank for intellectual and material experimentation. Students also have opportunities to engage with the city of St. Louis, which serves as both an extension of the studio and site of engagement for art and artists.

The Sam Fox School’s MFA in Visual Art professionally prepares students for a diversified approach to the field of contemporary art that nurtures sustained, lifelong engagement while recognizing multiple pathways and definitions for a career in the arts and culture.

Applications Now Open!
Applications for fall 2022 admission to our MFA in Visual Art program are now open in SlideRoom. The deadline is January 15.

Work Produced in the Program

MFA-VA Core Faculty

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Lisa Bulawsky

Professor & Chair, MFA in Visual Art; Director of Island Press
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Jamie Adams

Associate Professor; Painting Area Coordinator
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Michael Byron

Kenneth E. Hudson Professor of Art
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Amy Hauft

Director, College & Graduate School of Art; Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art
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Meghan Kirkwood

Assistant Professor; Photography Area Coordinator
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Richard Krueger

Associate Professor
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Arny Nadler

Associate Professor; Sculpture Area Coordinator
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Patricia Olynyk

Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art
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Tim Portlock

Professor & Chair, Undergraduate Art
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Jack Risley

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Cheryl Wassenaar

Associate Professor
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Monika Weiss

Associate Professor; Time-Based + Media Art Area Coordinator


Our alumni have established thriving practices in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and St. Louis, where many have found their first gallery representation. In their careers as university faculty, gallery and museum curators, leaders of arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs, they build upon the close relationships they formed in the program.

Among our alumni’s many accolades include grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Tiffany Foundation, and Andy Warhol Foundation; residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ox-Bow, the Irish Museum of Art, and Mass MoCA; and inclusion in important national and international exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennale, Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoMA.

We are enormously proud of who they are, what they make, and what they have gone on to achieve.


Official publication of the MFA in Visual Art program at the Sam Fox School.