Application Deadlines for MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History and MA in Education

Application deadlines for MFA Studio and MA Art History is February 1, 2018.

MAEd application deadline is April 1, 2018.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an MA in Art History, MA in Education and an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

• MFA degree that is NASAD accredited
• All MFA students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of teaching assistantships
• Numerous MA/MAEd research assistantships are granted with equal benefits
• Graduate assistantships are available for students in the MFA Studio programs, MA in Art History and MAEd programs.
• Eligible for competitive fellowships including the premium Welch Fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the student’s regular stipend and full tuition waiver.


Art Fair Participation

As a signature real world experience, third year MFA candidates are exposed to international art fairs.  This will be the sixth consecutive year for the MFA program to be featured at Aqua Art Miami, and supported with an exhibition catalog authored by art history graduates, and guest essayist Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. This unique opportunity yields career-building experience from curator and collector networking to exhibition leads, as well as art fair planning, management and direct sales.  Click here a for our Aqua 2016 program.


Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

The lecture series provide students with access to a diverse mix of renowned artists and scholars encouraging artistic discourse and leading studio critiques and workshops. Among the visiting artists include Wafaa Bilal, Sonya Clark, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Nicole Eisenman, Amanda Ross-Ho, Chris Wiley, The Propeller Group, Jaap Blonk, Art Werger and Bethany Collins, among others.

Welch Symposia

Welch symposia topics included Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond in partnership with The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, and the Plastic Pollution Coalition; an Interdisciplinary Symposium on Creativity and Imagination and the belief that creativity is critical to transformative experiences; and the Welch Symposium on Death — the broadest possible considerations of death, dying, and mortality.

Artists in Residence

Recent artists-in-residence included Radcliffe Bailey and João Enxuto and Erica Love.

Partnerships and Conferences

The school has partnered with influential art organizations such as the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, and in Spring 2017, the school will co-host the Southern Graphics Council International Conference (SGCI) annual conference — the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking.

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Solo Thesis Exhibitions and Art Venues

The Welch Galleries support the curriculum by curating regional, national and international art exhibitions and providing a venue for solo thesis exhibitions. The galleries host presentations and panel discussions, providing students with personal access to professional artists and scholars.  Additional art venues include the student-run Cage Space, Gallery 650, and the Edgewood Sculpture Studio for critiques, artist talks and informal exhibitions.

24-hour Access and Facilities

MFA Studio majors are provided with 24-hour access to private & semi-private studio space, which allow for creative exploration and research in their area of study.

Click here to learn about our Welch facilities and resources including the Creative Media Center, Edgewood Sculpture Studio and the Visual Resource Center, which is one of only eleven institutions worldwide that houses the Skowhegan Lecture Archive.

Core Faculty

Darien Arikoski-Johnson, George Beasley, Jeffrey Boortz, Kimberly Cleveland, Ryan Crooks, Melanie Davenport, John Decker, William Downs, Craig Dongoski, Craig Drennen, Tim Flowers, Nancy Floyd, Jill Frank, Ralph Gilbert, Maria Gindhart, Glenn Gunhouse, Dawn Haynie, Kevin Hsieh, Jess Jones, Pam Longobardi, Melody Milbrandt, Joe Peragine, Susan Richmond, Jason Snape, Ruth Stanford, Matthew Sugarman, Constance Thalken, Elizabeth Throop, Christina West, Michael White, and Mike Wsol.

Visiting Lecturers

Flora Brooke Anthony, Nicole Benner, Lauren Michelle Peterson, John Roberts, Jennifer Siegler, Wesley Terpstra and Catherine Trugman.

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta within a diverse and vibrant urban settingThe campus is in proximity to prestigious art institutions such as the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary and MOCA GA, as well as a solid network of commercial galleries, alternative spaces and grassroots artist organizations including, such as WonderRoot, Flux Projects, Forward Arts Foundation, Elevate Atlanta, and The Goat Farm, etc.

Application deadlines for MFA Studio and MA Art History is February 1, 2018.  MAEd application deadline is April 1, 2018.

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For further information please contact:
Craig Drennen
Graduate Director
Georgia State University
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
10 Peachtree Center Ave. SE, Room 124 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303