Category: Winter

Care, Experimentation, and Community in the MFA-IA Program

There’s something special about finding a graduate program dedicated to experimental interdisciplinary visual arts on the West Coast in an academic landscape where institutions are hard pressed to maintain an exclusive focus on these important studio practices or advocate for them within institutional shifts—as evidenced by the tumultuous journey of mergers like Mills College with Northeastern University[1] and San Francisco Art Institute (where I attended graduate school) with University of San Francisco.[2] Sierra Nevada University is slated to Merge with University of Nevada, Reno on July 1,[3] which will then house the MFA-IA program that strives to maintain its artist-led resolve even within the structures of accreditation and shifting departmental expectations involved in such mergers. So how has the program managed thus far to create this special space for experimentation within its low-residency program pedagogy, and how is it continuing to do so? Assistant Director Anza Jarschke shares: Read More

Pentagon Quarry, Indiana, 2019; charcoal and limestone powder on paper; 48 inches x 60 inches

MFA-IA Faculty Member Nina Elder

New Mexico-based artist and researcher Nina Elder joined the faculty of Sierra Nevada University’s MFA-IA program this January just in time to teach at her first residency. While New Mexico is in her roots, Elder’s projects take her all over the United States connecting with people, place, and environment.

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Winter 2022 Faculty and Visiting Artists

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) at Sierra Nevada University is thrilled to hold the Winter 2022 residency in-person along the stunning shores of North Lake Tahoe, taking place January 3-12, 2022.

We welcome a new faculty member, Nina Elder, to teach a section of Focused Studio Practice. Focused Studio Practice is a special topics studio course designed to take advantage of a particular vision and expertise of the teaching Visiting Artist or Scholar, who expands our sense of community from the Tahoe Basin outward.

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Image of Macon Reed's interactive space "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar"

Winter 2021 Residency Faculty and upcoming application deadline

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.

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MFA- Inter Arts Winter Residency 2015 Event

MFA-IA Winter Residency Events

The MFA-IA Winter Residency will be held January 3-12, 2016. Throughout the residency, we will offer a series of public talks and lectures featuring our new visiting artist faculty plus artists and curators from the region.

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MFA-IA

The University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe
Interdisciplinary Arts
Low-Residency MFA

Location

A small campus on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and online, wherever you are.

Contact

Anza Jarschke
Coordinator, MFA Low-Residency Programs
ajarschke@unr.edu
P: (775) 831-1314 ext. 7492

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