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MFA in Studio Art Information + Links

Jered Sprecher, Faculty

Thank you for your interest in the School of Art MFA program. In addition to GTA funding, this year’s applicants will be considered for supplemental Graduate School Fellowships and $10,000 Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence awards. We are very proud of our MFA program, which is nationally recognized
 and respected. We believe the students that accept our invitation to
 study with us are well served. We are an equal opportunity/inclusive community. January 15th is the SoA deadline for assistantship and scholarship consideration. To learn about our MFA in Studio Art program concentrations, with information about the work of current graduate students, visit the graduate program links below.

School of Art:

  • MFA Program ranked fifteenth among those at the country’s public universities
  • Printmaking Program ranks second in the nation
  • 23 Full-time Faculty
  • Studio Space for each student
  • Major Gallery Program
  • Visiting Artist & Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Reasonable Living Costs



2015-2016 MFA Student Accomplishments

MFA Brochure

brochureDo you want to become a vital cultural force in your community, not only maintain a professional studio practice? Reframe problems to find new solutions or see the possibilities that exist in multiple contexts? Respect varying opinions, but question assumptions and forge critical ideas, and see the value of others in your work? If so, the MFA program at the School of Art may be the right place for you. To learn more, please click the image to read our MFA brochure (5.9 MB).

MFA Contact:

Ellen Orner                Deb Shmerler         
Graduate Contact      Director of Graduate Studies
865.974.3407             865.974.3407

Concentration Faculty Representatives

Should you have questions regarding a specific area, please contact the appropriate faculty concentration representative listed below. We look forward to receiving your application.

Sally Brogden
Painting + Drawing
Jered Sprecher
Beauvais Lyons
Jason Brown
Time-Based Art
John Kelley

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