Program Overview

Ben Nicholson
Work by Ben Nicholson, MFA Thesis Exhibition, "And and and (part I), 2017

The University of Chicago offers a Master of Fine Arts degree through the Department of Visual Arts, located at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Our MFA student body is comprised of artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, installation, performance, video and new media. Students are expected to work with all faculty, whose expertise cross a number of disciplines. We admit students to the program based on the quality of their art and their interest in working in an interdisciplinary art program within a university environment. We believe that art should not be an isolating activity and that students/artists benefit from the cross-fertilization of daily contact with people working across different media and dealing with similar sets of issues.

Art is a cultural product, and as such, we encourage students to explore the specific artistic concerns pertinent to their work, as well as relevant theoretical, social and historical issues.


Intro to the Program

  • Interdisciplinary two-year program
  • Admits eight students each year
  • All MFA students receive a studio space, most with natural light and adjoining shared space
  • Students work closely with all faculty through studio visits and critiques
  • Students take up to six courses outside of DoVA and have access to all of the University of Chicago’s academic resources
  • Students receive teaching experience through Course Assistantships and the BA/MFA mentoring program
  • The program culminates in a group exhibition in the Logan Center Exhibitions gallery, a written thesis abstract, and an oral defense of work during a final review



Ants Don't Have Names: Part II, MFA 2019 Thesis Exhibition
Ants Don't Have Names: Part II, MFA 2019 Thesis Exhibition Reception