To prospective graduate students interested in the Drawing Concentration,
You are encouraged to contact me to learn more about our program. Our drawing MFAs receive a high degree of personalized attention from the faculty as a whole and from me in particular. Our new studios (scheduled to open in the fall of 2012) are housed in a state-of-the-art, LEED certified building. These studios are shared with Painting MFAs and help create an integrated critical culture.
The drawing area is committed to realizing the potential of each individual and to provide a challenging context for artistic development. Each student artist is led to simultaneously explore historical traditions while being exposed to contemporary theory and artistic practices. Moreover, personal experience is seen as a lens to research concerns that expand one's purview beyond the personal and towards a meaningful engagement with ideas that have relevance in the world at large.
Drawing is embraced both as a genre and as a philosophy, in which the act of drawing is synonymous with forming ideas visually in an expansive range of media. MFA students with concentrations in other studio areas work in drawing classes and bring their processes, materials, and ideas to works on paper, expanding the discourse in vital ways. This contributes to a climate in which a breadth of ideas are shared and welcomed.
We have been quite successful in awarding assistantships to our graduate students. While not guaranteed, most of our MFAs receive assistantships in all three years. During the last two years, these assistantships are awarded for teaching drawing classes. Grads receive training in teaching, are given clear curricular models to follow, and find support and guidance over the course of each semester.
Through grants provided by the Friends of Art and our Painting and Drawing Association, we are able to bring in visiting artists who offer new perspectives and models of excellence. Here is a list of recent visiting artists:
Please feel free to contact me and consider a visit.
Head of the Drawing Area
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville