Heartwood College of Art offers the only true low residency
(as opposed to full time) program in the State of Maine.
The goal of the Masters program is to foster the making of art at the highest
level and allows one to integrate the practice of art making into one's daily life.
This program is designed for students who work or have other life commitments
and yet wish to create a methodical practice for the making of art. A commitment
of twelve hours of studio time per week is essential. The "Weekend
Workshop" scheduled every semester includes guest artists and lecturers
as well as an opportunity to "hang" with the "Masters".
Students in this program are required to participate in students' presentations
and semester evaluations monitored by mentors and advisors who are drawn from
Heartwood’s renowned faculty as well as regional masters.
Why an MFA?
According to a recent article in the New York Times, the MFA is the new MBA!
"The MFA teaches you an entirely new way of seeing, allowing you to unbox
your mind and perceive what’s really there." (Daniel Pink) The value of
creative thinking and the ability to problem-solve enhances not only art making,
but also helps mitigate everyday responsibilities.
Who pursues an MFA?
The fine art process is about exploring ideas, nurturing one’s imagination and
making a connection to the world at large. People choose to return to college
for a variety of reasons, including credentials, professional development or to
define the skills that become the tools one needs for expressive direction.
It is for these reasons that an artist takes the journey through an MFA program,
within the setting of an "art community."
What is a Low Rez MFA?
The MFA is the highest degree of study in studio art. Its progression is based
on completing the steps set forth by both student and mentors in the proposal
and evaluation process. The concept of low residency integrates the practice of
art making into ones daily life, dovetails the "working world" most
artists are a part of with a guided intensive studio commitment. This is a
perfect program for educators and professionals who want to continue working
while furthering their education. One is not exclusive of the other. It is a
balance that teaches one how to make art while living life, a reflection of
personal experience and social comment. The finely honed practice achieved from
an MFA program establishes a life long continuum that advocates, "Art"
to be made out of anything.
The devil is in the details...
Heartwood’s Low Rez MFA is based on 6 credits per semester. Students travel
through the program in a "Pod" of 8 – 12 students in a variety of
disciplines. Students have their own mentors and advisors. Each semester is
organized around a reviewed proposal which includes a layout of the work to
be accomplished, a weekend workshop mid-semester with all members of the pod,
and a closing evaluation with mentors and advisors. The weekend workshop will
encompass a "pod" exhibition and critique, a full day workshop with
guest artists as well as seminars on "The Business of Art." Also
included in the weekend will be a pre-assigned topic for discussion from
literature or film. These weekends will foster commitment to the concept of
art as a "conversation with the world."
A qualifying MA can be transferred into the MFA program and it will be possible
to accumulate up to 12 outside credits towards the individual course of study.
Where to do an MFA?
"Where" is not so much a place as it is a shared passion between artists.
Who you study with will ultimately determine the direction you choose for
exploration. A low residency MFA is completed in your own studio with guidance
from your advisor and mentors. Your course of study is self determined.
Over the years Heartwood College has cultivated a relationship with numerous
practicing artists in Maine. Many of them have taught at the College at one
time or another and exhibit nationally. They are a gathering of working
professionals artists bonded together by a shared truth that passing on what
they have learned is a fundamental part of the artistic conversation. These
mentors are at the core of the MFA program. Other mentors can be included as
part of your review team with prior approval from your advisor.
How to Apply
Download the Application or call us for more information at 207-284-8800.