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Application Deadline | 15.12.2007

Visual Arts Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP) seeks talented, curiosity-driven and creative students to apply for upcoming academic year. This selective two-year program grants successful participants a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) degree. Founded in 1988,
VAP is embedded in MIT under the aegis of the School of Architecture and Planning and within the Department of Architecture. This unique position encourages a wealth of interdisciplinary exploration and research.

The MIT Visual Arts Program operates as a production- and education-based laboratory within the context of an advanced technological community. Our program explores the wider role and relevance of art in society and considers artistic practice as knowledge production, thus promoting an approach that challenges traditional genres and the limits of the gallery/museum context. Studio investigations and artistic research are realized through performance,
video, photography, manufactured objects, electronic systems, interrogative design, as well as through experimental media and new genre. Central to the curriculum is the potential for students to concur with other areas of the MIT community. There are endless opportunities to develop collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships with programs and labs in architecture, urban planning, media arts and sciences, mechanical engineering and other disciplines.

Students are encouraged to develop their own artistic vision and to freely explore the unparalleled research and technological resources available at MIT. Recent areas of critical research engage in the role of art and culture in today’s society, from a radio broadcast vehicle (Max
Goldfarb ‘06) to rethinking knowledge production and transmission through artistic means (Hope Ginsburg ‘07). Students participate in outside exhibitions, and projects were recognized through a number of prestigious awards. Alumni have secured coveted fellowships and teaching positions around the globe, and have gained international recognition through exhibitions and events. Hiroharu Mori ‘04 participated in the 2007 Venice Biennial, Jennifer Allora ‘03, along with Guillermo Calzadilla, participated in the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Istanbul Biennial and the 8th Sharjah Biennial, all in 2007, and Jill Magid ‘00 had a solo show at the Gagosian Gallery, New York.

Instructors are world-renowned artists with active, international careers in artistic production, as well as a strong interest in cross-discipline debate and modes of production. Director and Professor, Ute Meta Bauer, is the Director of SITAC VI 2008 in Mexico City, was Co-Curator of Documenta11 and Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial. Professor Joan Jonas has a current solo exhibition at MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona). Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko, Director of CAVS (Center for Advanced Visual Studies) and head of MIT’s Interrogative Design Workshop, has a major retrospective exhibition upcoming at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Professor Wendy Jacob has exhibited at Centre Georges-Pompidou and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Visiting Professor Regina Moeller has participated at APERTO, Venice Biennale, Manifesta and at the 3rd Berlin Biennial.

Visiting Professor Antoni Muntadas is an internationally renowned artist who represented Spain in the 2005 Venice Biennale. Lecturers Andrea Frank (Photography), Joe Gibbons (Video) and Jae Rhim Lee (Mixed Media) are prominent practitioners within their fields and participate in exhibitions worldwide. In addition, visiting artists and critics, symposia, workshops, screenings, as well as a cross-disciplinary public lecture series, all enrich the program by addressing topics related to current research initiatives.

The Arts @ MIT
MIT fosters opportunities in the Arts through unique and challenging curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs. MIT students benefit from Council of the Arts funding of independent student projects and the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Programs that host international senior artists and integrate them into the MIT experience, while at the same time expanding students’ understanding of art. Additionally, curricular programs like History, Theory, Criticism offer courses in art and architecture history, the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), directed by VAP senior faculty member Krzysztof Wodiczko, allows fellows to commission and produce new artworks and artistic research within the context of MIT Besides being listed by “Public Art Review” as one of the top ten on-campus public art collections in the U.S., the MIT List Visual Arts Center produces and presents several cutting edge contemporary art exhibitions a year.
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Artists/cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience who are interested in pursuing innovative artistic cross-disciplinary practice and research are encouraged to apply.
All applicants are encouraged to seek out the variety of diversity resources and funding opportunities available.

Information can be found at, or by contacting Robbin Chapman, Manager of Diversity Recruitment, at 617-324-5396 or
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