News & Events, Spring 2017

Friday 07/14/2017


Learn more about graduate study in Art Writing

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For application procedures, visit our Program page
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term. Generous departmental scholarships, as well as other forms of assistance, are available. Contact us at, or 212.592.2408 for further information or to set up an appointment.

Situated in the heart of New York City and at the intersection of words and images, the Art Writing MFA program at SVA offers students the opportunity to bring their language into a complex meeting with the visual arts and the ideas that inform it.
From its inception, this program has also had a special emphasis on the history and future of the image. The writers of tomorrow must study images in all of their manifestations in order to better understand how we are subject to them.
In addition to our exceptional core faculty—including chair David Levi Strauss, Nancy Princenthal, Dejan Lukic, Jennifer Krasinski, Thomas Beard, Debra Bricker Balken, Chuck Stein, and Lynne Tillman—we invite many writers, critics, philosophers, editors, artists, and art historians in each year to give lectures and to meet with our students individually and in small groups. Recent guests include: Holland Cotter, Michael Taussig, Boris Groys, Cuauhtémoc Medina, T. J. Clark, Peter Schjeldahl, Lucy Lippard, Amy Sillman, Linda Nochlin, Anne Waldman, Hilton Als, and Dave Hickey.
Our students come from all over the world—Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey—as well as from around the United States. They also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and education, with undergraduate degrees in Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Creative Writing, among others. What they have in common is intellectual curiosity, a passion for art, and the desire to write well. 

It is obviously a big advantage to have such a program situated in the heart of New York City, amidst the greatest concentration of artists and art activity in the world. The connections made in the program between students and others working in the field are invaluable and long lasting.

To see responses from fifteen of our alumni to the question “What Is Criticism, Now?” in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of The Brooklyn Rail, go to