Wilson College’s Master of Fine Arts Program serves as a creative and academic incubator for our community of artist-scholars. Students and faculty in the program work in a range of classic and contemporary modes of artistic and academic inquiry and productivity in our quest to better understand various elements of the human condition and experience.
The Program locates the study and practice of art-making within human ecology. Therefore, we examine historical art works (and historical artistic movements) and develop our own creative practices by investigating the human relationship to our natural, sociopolitical, constructed and curated environments. We recognize that the connection of body, mind, and human spirit serves as the conduit through which theory, technique, idea, and practice become something we call art. Our rigorous approaches to inquiry respect historical disciplines, even as we forge ahead into dynamic interdisciplinary frontiers, and contemporary collaborative projects.
Because our students and faculty engage in a variety of creative pursuits, and come from a broad range of cultural backgrounds, we embrace a practice of dialogue that does not privilege one art form over another, or one set of experiences over another. To that end, we seek a common language that fosters transdisciplinary communication and understanding that also places agency in the hands of the individual artist. Therefore, Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process forms the basis of our approach to feedback.
[Note: The term artist is used below to describe creative producers working in any discipline addressed in the MFA Program.]
As Wilson MFA students move through the Program they: