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

Jon Rubin

MFA Program Director,
Associate Professor of Art

jonrubin@cmu.edu

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

Devan Shimoyama

Assistant Professor of Art

devans2@andrew.cmu.edu

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 his work is included in The Studio Museum in Harlem’s survey Fictions.

Susanne Slavick

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art

slavick@andrew.cmu.edu

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. In 2015, she premiered Unloaded, a multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture, which traveled to 10 venues.

Angela Washko

Assistant Professor of Art

awashko@andrew.cmu.edu

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.

MFA Faculty

Jessica Beck

Visiting Scholar

jbeck3@andrew.cmu.edu

Jessica Beck is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, where she organized the major monographic exhibition, Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body, for the Fall of 2016. At Carnegie Mellon, she is teaching MFA Critical Studies Seminar I in the Fall of 2017 and MFA Thesis Writing Seminar I in the Spring of 2018.

John Carson

Professor of Art

wjcarson@cmu.edu

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.

Full Faculty