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Application and Admission Procedures:

Students may apply as classified (degree-seeking) graduate students or as unclassified graduate students. Unclassified students are those who wish to take courses but are not working toward a degree (call for more information). Admission to the Graduate School ordinarily requires a baccalaureate degree and a grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0). Exceptions can be made for those who have a higher grade point average in either their major or in their course work in the last two years of study. International students must submit TOEFL results and receive a score of at least 550 to be admitted to the Graduate School. All applicants must have official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework sent directly to the Graduate School in the University. In addition, revised policies for admission to the MFA program in the Department of Art and Design may require you to contact the Area Head directly.

Dear Prospective Graduate

Thank you for your interest in the MFA concentration of painting/drawing at SIUE. The faculty and graduate students in our area are interested in the formal language of image making and how it relates to personal meaning. We feel strongly that an artist's growth begins with rigorous personal questioning and a commitment to the discipline; it is extended through close work with painting faculty and a purposeful exchange among peers. To this end the painting/drawing area maintains a group of candidates with varied interests creating a challenging dialogue among peers. Graduates accepted to the program work in traditional and non-traditional manners demonstrating a constant evolution of technique and vision. The drawing and painting faculty collaborate to make the program solid, rigorous and personally challenging.

The graduate painting/drawing area generally houses four to six graduates. Each candidate is provided a well-lit semi-private studio that is part of a larger 2500 square foot complex reserved specifically for graduate students. Students have 24/7 access to these studios. In addition, graduates have full access to the Art and Design Building; of special interest to many painters is our fully equipped wood shop along with extensive facilities in the areas of printmaking, photography/digital arts and fiber arts.

The department also has an active Visiting Artists program that brings in regionally and nationally recognized artists who work closely with the graduate students. Some artists of note that have been recent visitors for painting have been Alan Feltus, Will Mentor, Cindy Tower, Cheryl Wassenaar, Victor Wang, Tim Liddy, Conrad Bakker, Jennifer Meanley, Harold Gregor among many others.

There is one graduate assistantship (GA) offered in painting, which provides a stipend and full tuition waiver. In addition, a Competitive Graduate School award (CGS) is available for incoming, first year graduate applicants only. The CGS is an award based primarily on high GPA scores. More information about the award and application process is available at the Graduate School website. In addition, Teaching Assistantships are awarded annually for those in the second and third years of the program and additional assistantships in various areas of the department and university are available to qualified candidates. During the three-year residency, many graduates with the appropriate skills are awarded Teaching Assistantships and are able to experience teaching for four full semesters (two years). This offers MFA's from SIUE an opportunity to gain valuable experience to enter, what is often a highly competitive teaching market.

Finally, as can more than likely be seen all throughout the Department website, A new facility is being built to expand the department of Art and Design. Both Drawing and Painting programs will expand to the new building slated to open in Fall 2012. The new undergraduate and graduate studios will be as spacious as those in the program presently and filled with natural light and exhibition space. Its an exciting time to consider SIUE's MFA program.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call Jane Barrow at 618-650-2041 or email her at The graduate program here offers a great amount of individual attention and expects in return, committed researchers. We look forward to hearing from you.


Professor Barrow received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA (with distinction) from Indiana University in Bloomington where she completed part of her graduate studies in Florence, Italy. As a professional artist she has been represented by major galleries in St. Louis and has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally.

Highlights over the past seven years include a solo exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan (2005) and in Miami, Florida (2004), receiving grant support for repeated residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, Vermont and lecturing at Universities while in Taiwan and during other travels. She has been part of the Duane Reed Gallery, showing her work in St Louis and Chicago, and is represented in the permanent collections of John Mellencamp, the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, AmerenUE, The Private Bank, and other corporate and private collections.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call Jane Barrow at 618-650-2041 or email her at

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