School of Graduate Studies
Edinboro University’s three-year Master of Fine Arts in Painting program offers an exciting and comprehensive experience in studio practice and contemporary art ideas, with a community and global interface. The studio and critical curriculum fosters sustained individual work and encourages articulation of an individual voice while immersing the student in the ever-expanding role of being an artist in the community. Studio activity is placed into a professional context, from making the work to its presentation, installation and publicity.
Visiting artists routinely lecture on our campus each semester. These lectures and demonstrations add variety and depth to our already comprehensive course offerings. Many visiting artists work directly with students. Each year, interested students and the University organize field trips to the nearby cultural centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. In addition, graduate students have access to funding for travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences through the Graduate Professional Development program.
On campus, the student-run Bates Gallery exhibits 30 solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works and monetary prizes for the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show.
Graduate students also are encouraged to actively participate in the local art community to build both their knowledge base and their portfolios. Edinboro students enjoy numerous regional venues for exhibiting their work, including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, the Meadville Council on the Arts, summer public art events and galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, as each city is about 100 miles from Edinboro. The Spectator, the student newspaper and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.
Find full application and admission details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship .
For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.
After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Edinboro University, Josiah King (’16) was hired as an instructor at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. He also serves as a gallery assistant at the Arts Council of Wayne County in Goldsboro, N.C.
Joshua Mitchel (’16) not only graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Edinboro University, but the practicing arts also serves as an Art Department faculty member and instructor. In 2017, Mitchel displayed his solo exhibitions at neighboring galleries such as 707 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Gallery and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. His paintings were also included in the 81st Annual Midyear, National Juried exhibition at Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Art of the State exhibition in Harrisburg, Pa., and the Westmoreland Juried Art National Exhibition in Westmoreland, Pa.