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

Black and white photograph portrait of Katherine Hubbard

Katherine Hubbard

Assistant Professor of Art

katherinehubbard@cmu.edu

Katherine Hubbard uses photography, writing and performance to plumb photography’s continuing significance. Her photography and performances have appeared at the Brooklyn Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX; among many others.

Devan Shimoyama

Devan Shimoyama

Cooper-Siegel 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 recently staged a solo exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum.

Angela Washko

Angela Washko

Associate Professor of Art

awashko@andrew.cmu.edu

Angela Washko is an artist devoted to creating new forums for discussions about feminism in spaces frequently hostile toward it. A recipient of the Creative Capital Award, the Impact Award at Indiecade and the Franklin Furnace Fund, her projects have been presented at Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), the Milan Design Trienniale, and many others.

MFA Faculty

Elizabeth Chodos

Elizabeth Chodos

Assistant Professor of Curatorial Practice
Director, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art

chodos@cmu.edu

Elizabeth Chodos is the Director of the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She is co-founder of Common Field and previously served as Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency.

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim

Associate Professor of Art History & Theory

jongwoo@cmu.edu

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).

Melissa Ragona

Associate Professor of Art History & Theory

mragona@andrew.cmu.edu

Melissa Ragona’s critical and creative work focuses on sound design, film theory, and new media practice and reception. By forging approaches from the disciplines of film studies, art history, and new media technologies, her work seeks to present a more complex aesthetic, theoretical, and historical foundation for the analysis of contemporary time-based arts.

Photograph of Sharmistha Ray

Sharmistha Ray

Visiting Scholar

sharmisr@andrew.cmu.edu

Sharmistha Ray is an artist, writer, and educator whose work includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculptures, installations, photographs, cultural programming, lectures, and hybrid texts. Their writings have been published in various online and print magazines including Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, Artcritical, Ocula, Art India, and the India editions of Vogue and Elle.

Full Faculty