It’s become fashionable among American pundits to question the value of post-secondary education; and nowhere are these opinions more sharply aimed than at the arts and humanities.
Peter Hocking, MFA's blog
A few blocks from where I now live, on a late summer afternoon, I stopped in my tracks and stared at the sidewalk for some time. I was an undergraduate art student, probably 19 years old, and particularly vexed by the opaque and impenetrable rationale of the art school curriculum I was enduring. Somehow, in my furious walk from campus toward my apartment, for the first time I articulated a question that would become a central concern of my career: how do we learn anything?
Occasionally I have to convince people of writing’s importance within an artist’s practice.
Alumna Stacy Dawson Stearns, of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Port Townsend, Washington residency site in 2012.
In this video, Stacy talks about her somatic practices in artwork and her recent award of a CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) Grant. For more information about Stacy's work visit her website.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, Paul Gordon (MFAIA ’13) has published on the Huffington Post his reflections on cleaning up after a natural disaster. As a garbage man in Binghamton, NY during flooding in 2006 and 2011, Paul witnessed the damage, loss, and range of human reactions that emerged in the days and weeks after the floods. His experience provides way of considering what’s happing in many lives along the Atlantic coast today.