King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)

Call for MFA Applications: Art + Social Practice at PSU
Due Jan 12 2020

Portland State University invites applications to MFA degrees in Art + Social Practice.

Listed in Artsy’s Top 15 Art Programs in the country, the Art and Social Practice MFA is a three-year, flexible residency program (you can take classes in Portland or away) combining individual artistic practice, group work, community partnerships, and experiential learning. The program's blend of critical and professional practice, progressive pedagogy, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produces an immersive educational environment. As an extension of the program’s unique pedagogy, graduate students have the opportunity to collaborate directly in ongoing projects and partnerships across the city:

Columbia River Creative Initiatives (CRCI)
CRCI is an artist-led creative platform with programs and classes held at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, a minimum-security prison in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Programming includes an Artist Residency for currently incarcerated artists, focusing on a range of topics related primarily to collaboration, conceptual art, and socially engaged art, The Inside Show, a variety show produced inside the prison, as well as graduate student-initiated special projects.

King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)
KSMoCA is a contemporary art museum inside of Martin Luther King Jr. School (PreK-5th) in NE Portland, OR. KSMoCA’s programs are collaboratively developed with the MLK Jr. School community, PSU students, and a team of artists.

In addition to these opportunities, graduate students can also join the editorial board of the self-published program journal and co-create an end-of-year social practice conference:

Social Forms of Art (SoFA) Journal
To support writing and web based projects that offer documentation, critique, commentary and context for a field that is active and expanding, the program produces Social Forms of Art, a bi-annual journal. Graduating students each produce a public graduate project, an in-depth written text exploring a relevant connection to their practice, and a public artist lecture that surveys their work in the program.

In its sixth year, Assembly is a participatory art and social practice gathering co-created by the MFA cohort that unfolds over the course of a few days. Participants of Assembly take an active role in shaping the collective experience by contributing to dialogue, group projects, and publications. This year, Assembly will take place on June 5th and 6th at KSMoCA.

Applications are due by January 12, 2020 midnight PST

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