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Our students and faculty make up a joyfully eclectic and comprehensively engaged community of artists and scholars.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART Louisiana State University 220 Design Building Phone 225-578-5411 Fax 225-578-5424





MICHAELENE WALSH Associate Director mwalsh@lsu.edu

DENYCE CELENTANO Graduate Coordinator artmfa@lsu.edu • dcelen1@lsu.edu

DARIUS SPIETH Art History Coordinator artma@lsu.edu • dspieth@lsu.edu


BE A PART OF OUR PICTURE! Each year we ask our students to share their most rewarding experiences at our school, and their responses are overwhelmingly the same. They talk about our interdisciplinary approach, our spacious facilities and our attentive faculty. But most of all, they talk about our close-knit community of makers and thinkers. Here, at the LSU School of Art, your studio practice is your own. Your vision, passion, and hard work drive your creative process. But you are not alone; you will work with an international faculty of professional artists, designers, and scholars. SCHOOL OF ART MFA

among flagship universities

Here, you have access to cutting-edge, stateof-the-art equipment, and we work tirelessly to provide you with the ingredients you need to succeed: • stipends and tuition waivers for many of our graduate assistants; • individual studios and large communal workspaces; • opportunities to study abroad in Ireland, Italy, the U.K., China, and beyond; • an abundance of opportunities to exhibit your work in one of our galleries and at the many artistic venues across the region; • and so much more.

At the School of Art, you apply and are accepted into an area of focus. But once you arrive, we create opportunities for you to be a part of a bigger community. We pride ourselves on the diverse academic and cultural experiences we offer our students. Whether it is through our graduate review process or our interdisciplinary seminars, our Visiting Artists & Scholars Program and gallery openings, or the simple act of meeting with a new colleague or friend over coffee or lunch — opportunities to learn and grow abound. After all, you are not coming to Baton Rouge just to learn and work. You are coming to Baton Rouge to live... and we want you to be a part of our picture. Visit art.lsu.edu to explore your new life, and e-mail art@lsu.edu to schedule a tour of your new home, here, at LSU.


among schools in the South.

THE CULTURE Known for the unrivaled friendliness of the people, uniquely delicious food, and its distinctly original creative culture, Louisiana has something for everyone — especially artists, designers and scholars.

THE CITY The high ground above the Mississippi River — in a place the 17th-century French explorers called Red Stick — is an environment where landscape, climate, history, and culture allow for a lifestyle that is uniquely suited to the artistic temperament. Here, students develop their talents and refine their vision in a semitropical setting that provides fertile ground and unlimited material for an active imagination. Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and is a fantastic jumping-off place for exploring the rest of the region.

THE CLIMATE The Baton Rouge area has a semi-tropical climate that sets the scene for year-round cultural festivals and activities with mild and short winters, fabulous falls, and glorious springs. The physical setting of southern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi delta region provides an invaluable resource for creative minds.

Louisiana has arguably the most colorful history and fascinating culture of any state in the nation. In what other state could you visit the battleground where a ragtag group of soldiers repelled a British invasion with the help of a notorious outlaw pirate? Visitors can learn about many of the most interesting parts of general American history right here in Louisiana. From the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the numerous Audubon nature museums and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to the Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport and the countless other museums, art galleries, and cultural and historical sites statewide, there is a lifetime of learning to do in Louisiana.


INDIVIDUAL GRADUATE STUDENT STUDIOS Each MFA student in the school enjoys their own studio space in one of the School of Art’s buildings, located in close proximity to one another on campus.

THE DESIGN SHOP The Design Shop is a traditional wood-working studio where students have access to state-ofthe-art digital fabrication equipment, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills.

CXC Students can check out photography and lighting equipment and access 3D printers and scanners while learning effective communication skills for their theses and beyond at the Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Studio.

THE SCHOOL OF ART IDEA HUB The IDEA Hub features high-end equipment and cutting-edge technologies, where students can connect to digital resources with networked laptops and mobile devices to transport content between workstations, studios, and multiple presentation environments.

COMPUTER LABS The Art Building houses two 24-seat labs equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and professional-quality software for animation, still, and motion graphics; photography; digital imaging; web and interactive design; and 3D modeling. A high-speed wireless network, servers for file and web hosting, and numerous input and output devices complement the resources of our students’ laptops to provide a comprehensive design and production studio environment.

4K THEATER & DIGITAL MEDIA CENTER Students have access to a state-of-the-art 4K or Ultra HD theater via the Digital Media Center. The 100,000-square-foot building is home to electronic arts and the Center for Computation & Technology.

THE SCULPTURE QUAD Located between the Art Building and the Studio Arts Buildings, the Sculpture Quad features permanent installations and temporary works by students and visiting artists throughout the year.


THE FABRICATION FACTORY The Fabrication Factory, a new digital laboratory, provides the capacity to create a multidisciplinary, active, team-learning environment by leveraging large-scale digital fabrication equipment for cutting, shaping, and forming metal, wood, and plastic toward the resolution of creative design problems. The factory features:

CNC Routers and Cutters: • • •

CNC router - Forrest Scientific 4' x 8' capacity. CNC mill - Tormach PCNC, includes 4th axis attachment for milling parts in 360 degrees CNC plasma cutter (red) - APC, 4' x 4' capacity for sheet metal, can cut up to one-inch-thick plates of steel

Laser Cutters: •

Two large-format 40" x 55" capacity Boss laser cutter that can cut acrylic and wood products up to half-inch thick, as well as 18-gauge sheet steel • Two Universal 18" x 32" capacity laser cutters that can cut up to half-inch-thick acrylic or wood

The BigRep ONE.2 is the largest FFF 3D printer on the market with 27 times the volume of a large desktop 3D printer—1m3 volume! (Photo courtesy of BigRep)

Formech vacuum former — heats up and forms Plexiglass

3D Printers: •

Big Rep 1 large-format FDM printer with a build envelope of one cubic meter—the largest FFF 3D printer on the market with 27 times the volume of a large desktop 3D printer Two FormLabs "Form 2" SLA printers with a 5.7" x 5.7" x 6.9" build envelope and a variety of different resin options, including tough, flexible, castable, ceramic, and durable

SCHOOL OF ART GALLERIES The LSU School of Art’s gallery spaces include Foster Gallery, located in Foster Hall on the LSU campus, and the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. Students in thesis install their exhibitions in one of these two spaces.

The Firehouse Gallery Operated by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and located in downtown Baton Rouge, the Firehouse gallery provides an alternative exhibition space for solo and group exhibitions curated by MFA candidates.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART The LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, comprises 13,000 square feet distributed among 14 galleries.

The LSU Museum of Art seeks to enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education, serving as a cultural and intellectual resource for the university, Baton Rouge, and beyond. In addition to holding one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South, the museum presents world-class touring exhibitions of regional, American, and European painting, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper, and photography. The permanent collection consists of more than 6,500 objects, ranging from a world-class collection of Chinese jade to one of the most comprehensive public collections of Louisiana art. As part of its mission, the museum supports ambitious art outreach initiatives through a range of collaborative projects with local artists and LSU faculty and students.


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Our graphic design concentration includes research and discourse of both modernist and postmodernist methods, strategies, and analyses of the practice of design and the implementation of these methods to contemporary graphic design. Students are encouraged to investigate new concepts, remain up-to-date with contemporary developments, and adhere to the principles of integrity and the standards of professional practice in the field of graphic design. The graphic design curriculum prepares students to meet these challenges through a broad range of experiences in the development of work in typography, illustration/imaging, print

and editorial design, information design, motion graphics, interactive design, packaging, environmental design, identity design, and branding. Whether our students choose to pursue independent professional practice or become members of a creative team in design, advertising, corporate communications, education, publishing, or the nonprofit sectors, they are equipped to be creatively inspired and thoughtfully analytical in addressing issues of value and meaning in their work and their lives. After—and even before—graduation, our students have achieved recognition in design competitions at the regional, national, and international level.

“This program has a good mix of support and freedom; the faculty have given me direction when I needed it but also room to roam when I wanted it.” MEGHAN SAAS G rad u ate Stu de n t, G rap h ic De s ig n


“Going to grad school has been one of the most exciting challenges in my life as an artist, and I found in the digital art program the perfect synthesis between technology, hand, mind and heart.”

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DIGITAL ART Through the digital art curriculum, we emphasize emergent forms, and student work may manifest through integrated media including digital cinema, mobile networks, printed matter, performance, public intervention, audio composition, installation, game platforms, and the Internet, among limitless possibilities and combinations. Digital art occupies offices, classrooms, and studio spaces in the Art Building. Digital art Students are supplied with a variety of professionallevel digital media software for personal use through LSU’s TigerWare system. The labs and studios have a variety of software including Houdini, Autodesk: Maya, 3ds Max, Mudbox, Motionbuilder, Sketchbook; Adobe: Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Animate, SpeedGrade, Toon Boom Animate, Nuke, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve; Pixologic: Zbrush, Unity Pro, MaxMSP; Apple: Final Cut, Motion, Compressor, Avid Pro Tools and Dragonframe.

students have access to a state-of-the-art 4K or Ultra HD theater via the Digital Media Center, a 100,000-square-foot building that is home to electronic arts and the Center for Computation & Technology. More digital art facilities include a media research studio; computer labs; a motion capture, virtual reality, and lighting studio; and a private editing suite. A variety of render farm and computer resources are available for digital art students, as well as video production equipment and professional quality software. For a complete list of all resources available, visit design.lsu.edu/digital-art.

“While at LSU, I have been able to take studio electives in different departments as part of the interdisciplinary curriculum. I developed new ways of making and applied them to my art practice. My work now stretches across media, adding layers and meaning to my sculptures that I never envisioned prior to graduate school.”

G R AC E T E S S E I N Graduate Student, Ceramics


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CERAMICS Graduate-level students receive their own private work areas, approximately 12 x 20 feet, and are expected to work as maturing artists motivated by independent ideas. The program’s success is reflected in the current rankings by US News & World Report, which places LSU as the seventh best MFA ceramics program in the nation. Ceramics students have access to more than 10,000-squarefeet of workspace housing 12 electric kilns and three gas kilns—including a soda kiln. In addition, students make great use of the College of Art & Design’s Design Shop and digital fabrication equipment.

Clare Twomey pours bowls with students as part of her two-week residency at LSU.

Visiting Artists TJ Erdhal leads a workshop for Ceramics students.

SCULPTURE The sculpture curriculum is dynamic and comprehensive and maintains a dual emphasis on the acquisition of skills and the exploration of ideas. Students are encouraged to experiment with methods, pursue interdisciplinary interests, and exercise professional practices. Graduate seminars foster community and collaboration and facilitate critical dialogue among students whose investigations of form and space are expanded through multifaceted considerations of time, function, movement, history, and contemporary culture. Sculpture facilities provide an expansive studio environment and include a metal shop that houses multiple welding and forging stations and a foundry equipped for bronze casting. The Studio Arts Building contains ample space for exploring installation art, and sits adjacent to the Sculpture Quad, where students exhibit their sculptures and site interventions.

“I’ve really enjoyed the interdisciplinary seminars I’ve taken here. Being able to get feedback from all kinds of artists with their own approaches to making has really helped me make the most of my time here.” M AT T H E W B A RT O N Graduate Student, Sculpture

“This program feels very interdisciplinary; my peers and the faculty have given me opportunities and resources to develop a stronger studio practice.� ELISEO CASIANO Graduate Student, Painting and Drawing

faculty of actively exhibiting professional artists, and students are encouraged to invite faculty from other disciplines for studio visits. We encourage students to explore a wide range of issues and media reflected in the contemporary curriculum, but painting remains the core focus.


Visiting Artist Benito Huerta visits a grad studio.

The painting & drawing curriculum is dedicated to students whose goal is a career in art. MFA candidates receive a private studio with 24-hour access. The school also offers extremely competitive graduate stipends to qualified candidates, and all MFA students have the opportunity to teach as an instructor of record after successful completion of the teaching seminar. MFA students are expected to work as maturing artists motivated by independent ideas. Regular critiques are offered by a

The LSU School of Art prides itself on the quality of the Visiting Artists & Scholars Program, where individual studio critiques and group discussions are the norm. Recent visitors include Julie Heffernan, Mario Naves, Walton Ford, Kara Walker, Peter Schjeldahl, Nari Ward, Ben Davis, Lesley Dill, Robert Storr, and many others.

PHOTOGRAPHY The photography curriculum merges new and traditional techniques with the critical concerns of contemporary art. Students explore a full array of conventional and experimental processes through coursework and independent study in darkrooms and studios available for work in black-and-white, color, large-format, non-silver, studio lighting, and digital photography. The generously equipped facilities of the photography area include ample classroom and critique spaces and Gallery 229, a dedicated exhibition space for photography students and guest photographers. Individual studio spaces are accessible to students around the clock.

Available labs and equipment includes: • dedicated darkroom for graduate students, • alternative processes darkroom with UV exposure unit, • digital labs equipped with Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and 2880 printers, • Imacon Flextight X5 film scanner, • Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer, • Epson Perfection V750 scanners, and a • lighting studio with backdrops, Alien Bee strobe lights, Cowboy Studio continuous lights, various modifiers, reflectors, and colored gels.

“LSU professors are friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable.” E R FA N G H I A S I Graduate Student, Photography

PRI NTMAKING LSU’s printmaking facility is one of the most inclusive and best-equipped in the United States. The 10,000-square-foot printmaking area in Hatcher Hall houses facilities for relief, letterpress, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, book arts, papermaking, digital, and darkroom processes. Few other shops have as comprehensive a collection of large-format equipment. From our gargantuan etching tanks to our twin 10-foot Takach presses to our 5’ x 10’ foot vacuum table in papermaking, scale is no impediment at LSU.

“As a printmaker, I chose LSU because I can print larger on handmade paper with the use of their facilities. In my second year, I am working across disciplines with various professors to create sculptural work that will display my prints off the wall.”

CARLIE SALOMONS Graduate Student, Printmaking

Some highlights include: • Takach, Charles Brand, and Botega relief and intaglio presses; • etching tank capable of etching 4’ x 8’ copper sheets; • three Takach litho presses, one of which has a 4’ x 10’ press bed with plate base; • snorkel vents and vented spray booth; • large-format punch registration system; • Cincinnati screen-printing unit, 5’ x 10’; • dedicated screen-printing room; • Epson E9800 and 7500 plotter printers; • two Vandercook letterpresses; • more than 200 drawers of foundry type; andan extensive library of type-high blocks with miscellaneous zinc cuts.

SCHOOL OF ART MA PROGRAM ART HISTORY The art history faculty in the School of Art are highly trained scholars and leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty teach a broad spectrum of courses and specializations in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, and contemporary art, as well as American, African, and Asian art, decorative arts and design, new media, and critical theory of art. Founded in 1946, LSU’s art history curriculum is among the finest and most comprehensive in the South and the largest public program of its kind in Louisiana. The Master of Arts in Art History prepares students for careers in both academia and the art world by providing exceptional grounding in art from globally diverse cultures and by encouraging students to explore a range of historical strategies, research techniques, and critical theories. We

accommodate students seeking a terminal graduate degree, those wishing to continue their studies in the new Doctor of Design Program in the College of Art & Design, or those who plan to continue to a PhD program at another institution. Our graduates "The enjoy positions in museums and intimate size galleries nationwide, and many of the MA program here have gone on to PhD programs really helps to foster great in some of the nation’s personal and professional highest ranked universities.

LSU LIBRARIES Students will find everything they need to complete projects right here on LSU’s campus. LSU Libraries offer students and faculty strong support for instruction and research through collections containing more than three million volumes, microform holdings of more than four million, manuscripts of more than 12 million items, hundreds of electronic databases, and tens of thousands of electronic books and serials.

relationships between the students, faculty and administration." CA R O L I N E G I E P E RT Graduate Student, Art History

Middleton Library houses the main collections and LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library provides a center for research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Hill Memorial Library houses the University Archives, the E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection, and the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History as well as exhibition space. For material not found in the libraries, faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials through Interlibrary Borrowing.












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OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD ABOUND! We believe that travel is crucial to an education in art and design. Our program offers a variety of opportunities for students to see the world. From field studies, excursions, and site visits to museums to spring intersession, summer, and semester-length study abroad programs, come study with us in Ireland, Italy, England, China, and the Netherlands. When our students return from their international experiences, they all say the same thing: “It will change your life. You will come back a new person.” Don’t take our word for it — try it for yourself!


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GET READY TO SEE A BIGGER PICTURE! APPLY NOW! Master of Fine Arts graduate applicants must apply to both the LSU Graduate School and the School of Art.

Admission Requirements


Admissions are selective and applicants are evaluated on the basis of GPA, letters of recommendation, and portfolio quality. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree — Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or a Bachelor of Science (BS) — to be considered for the graduate program.

LSU Graduate School Admissions: Candidates can apply online at gradapply.lsu. edu. Please direct questions to the graduate school at 225-578-2311. Application deadlines are February 1 for the following fall semester.

LSU School of Art Admissions: To apply for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the LSU School of Art, candidates must also complete a short online form for admission into the School of Art indicating their proposed concentration at lsuart. slideroom.com. The following materials are required:

Renovations of the LSU Studio Arts Building are underway Once renovated, The Studio Arts Building will house modernized facilities for the program including individual studio spaces, large work rooms, multi-use classrooms as well as the school's administrative offices. In addition to a total interior reorganization to meet the needs of the school, the renovation will provide significant upgrades to air conditioning and ventilation systems as well as a complete interior finish upgrade.

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Completed online application Letter of intent Résumé Unofficial transcripts Twenty images of recent work

For more information about our program, call (225) 578–5411.



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LSU's MA in Art History & MFA in Studio Arts Programs  

The LSU School of Art offers a Master of Art in Art History and an MFA in Studio Arts with specializations in ceramics, digital art, graphic...

LSU's MA in Art History & MFA in Studio Arts Programs  

The LSU School of Art offers a Master of Art in Art History and an MFA in Studio Arts with specializations in ceramics, digital art, graphic...

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