The MFA program is guided by a core faculty of four highly active artists who provide critical oversight and intellectual support for students through one-on-one advising, mentorship, and studio visits. In addition to the core faculty, graduate students work closely each semester with additional academic advisors of their choice from throughout the full faculty.
MFA Program Director
MFA Program Director,
Associate Professor of Art
Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that reimagine individual, group, and institutional behavior. His recent project with Lenka Clayton, …circle through New York, was commissioned as part of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative.
MFA Core Faculty
Cooper-Siegel Assistant Professor of Art
Devan Shimoyama is a painter and photographer whose work reimagines black queer masculinity as both desirous and desirable through the use of narrative and self-portraiture. He is the recipient of the 2016 PULSE prize and he will have a solo exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum this fall.
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art
Susanne Slavick is an artist and curator whose work pursues empathic unsettlement through images that remind us of what we stand to lose after what we have lost already. Her traveling curatorial projects include Marx@200 (2018); Unloaded (2015) that examines gun violence in our culture; and Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011) featuring international artists who respond to the aftermath of war.
Assistant Professor of Art
Angela Washko is an artist, writer, and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in spaces frequently hostile toward it. Her most recent project, The Game: The Game, is a video game presenting the practices of several prominent seduction coaches (aka pick-up artists) through the format of a dating simulator.
Professor of Art
John Carson is an artist who has wittily and provocatively explored the interface between high and low culture and who has sought to widen the audience for contemporary art practice. From 2006 to 2016, he served as the Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He is teaching Contextual Practice for the Program.
Associate Professor of Art History & Theory
Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim is a specialist of modern and contemporary art addressing issues concerning gender, race, and sexuality. Kim is the author of Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities (2012; 2016) and is co-editor of the interdisciplinary anthology Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture (2017).