A LOCUS FOR CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING, FOSTERED BY CRITICAL THINKING, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY.
The experience and exploration of embodied place is a central element of this distinctive program, encouraging students’ multi-dimensional relationship with their environment both here in the Tahoe Basin and within their own communities. Through an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, the program encourages participants to consider how we engage the material and social worlds of our respective environments, from personal, to political, to planetary.
This low residency program takes advantage of emerging technologies in education to combine two intensive ten-day residency periods each year in beautiful Lake Tahoe, full-time work in the student’s local studio, and a dynamic group of faculty, renowned visiting artists, professional mentors and peers. Residencies bring students, faculty and visiting artists together in a collaborative community to engage, critique and explore unfamiliar ideas and cross-disciplinary questions. Personalized mentorship and extensive studio time will help students develop the expressive and professional skills to realize their personal visions.
SNC’s interdisciplinary approach addresses the challenges and responsibilities faced by contemporary artists in an evolving global environment by focusing on the skill development, experimentation and collaborative dialogue that fosters creative solutions and the practice of art.
What happens between residencies?
Between residencies, students return to their home studios to focus on their own studio practice. As a supplement to this, they participate in one-on-one mentorships with an assigned faculty mentor who will help to guide them through this process. Additionally, they will participate in an online seminar with the rest of their peers. This seminar, which varies in topic each semester, will serve to keep them linked to their classmates until they meet again in person.
Is your program accredited?
Yes. Our program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
How do students spend their time during the residencies?
How is this program different from other low-residency MFA programs?
What is the general arc of a student moving through this program?
What is the average age of a student in this program?
The average age of our current students is mid-30’s.
Where do students do their thesis exhibitions?
Students create, produce and install their official thesis exhibition in their home community, with the guidance of their mentors and thesis advisors. During the final (5th) residency on campus, students will design an archive version of that exhibition to display in our galleries. Thesis committees will meet during that final residency to critique projects and complete thesis conversations.