SNU MFA-IA winter 2021 residency faculty: Ashley Stull Meyers / Ayanah Moor / Gabie Strong / Joseph DeLappe / Kara Q. Smith / Macon Reed

There are a few spots still available to start in Winter 2021. Please get in touch with Julia Schwadron immediately should you have an interest in attending this winter.

Priority deadline has been extended for summer 2021 residency! Apply by February 28, 2021. Apply here.

January 4–16, 2021 will mark the next winter session of the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Sierra Nevada University. We are thrilled to welcome back visiting artists as faculty members to teach within our program.

Ayanah Moor’s cross-disciplinary projects explore the way popular culture is an articulation of our desires, our fears, our fantasies. According to Ayanah, “I am intrigued by the social constructs of race, just as I am intrigued by gender and sexuality. In my work I often play upon notions that we think of as fixed, to invite new definitions.” Ayanah lives and works in Chicago. Based in NY, Macon Reed works in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Macon describes the work as, “motivated by human relationships within evolving queer and intersectional feminist frameworks, my projects recognize that aesthetic form and social engagement are not mutually exclusive but rather, deeply intertwined. Joseph DeLappe is the Professor of Games and Tactical Media at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland where he relocated early in 2017 after 23 years directing the Digital Media program at the University of Nevada, Reno. A native San Franciscan, he has been working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad. 

We are excited to invite prospective students to join our growing community of artists and thinkers. With rolling admissions, students will complete their MFA in five consecutive residencies regardless of the semester in which they enter.

This winter 2021, the MFA-IA program will continue to innovate a virtual model consisting of an intensive 12-day remote residency, carefully designed to resemble the traditional,10-day, on-campus residencies that the program is known for. These residencies occur during summer and winter sessions over the course of 2.5 years. During the fall and spring semesters, students will work in their home studios and continue relationships with faculty mentors and fellow colleagues remotely through online seminars and other points of contact. While in Tahoe, students have the opportunity to explore ideas about site and location, both literally and figuratively, both through experimental practices and long-term projects.

Our summer 2020 virtual residency was a huge success. Current students and faculty participated from a variety of locations, across media and discourses. A vital and compelling cross-disciplinary community is forming and growing. Faculty for the program continues to include a rotating list of prestigious Visiting Artists, made up of working artists and teachers from across the country as well as current members of the SNU Fine Arts Faculty.

Visiting Artist Lectures: Rodney Ewing / Walter Kitundu

About Sierra Nevada University’s MFA-IA
Sierra Nevada University is a small, liberal arts college, located three blocks from Lake Tahoe, within a national forest, on an easily accessible campus in Incline Village, NV. The low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts is a locus for creative problem solving, fostered by creative 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 in the Tahoe Basin and within their own communities.

Contact: Julia Schwadron,


Image: Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, Macon Reed