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Talking ArtThe Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education$
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Gary Alan Fine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226560182

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226560359.001.0001

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The Brave New World of the MFA

The Brave New World of the MFA

(p.1) Introduction The Brave New World of the MFA
Talking Art

Gary Alan Fine

University of Chicago Press

Here we are introduced to how young artists are trained in the contemporary art world and how creativity has found a place in the modern American university. The focus in MFA programs is not teaching of techniques of arts, but rather the development of a coherent artistic self and justification for one's intentions. The artists read theory, learn to talk about their creations, and describe those creations in artist statements. Central to graduate art education is the critique: a public ceremony held several times a year in which students present their recent artwork to their community. As art education has been embraced by the university, it has increasingly become a professionalized discipline, rather than craft or embodied skill.

Keywords:   MFA, contemporary art, justification, intentions, theory, critique, professionalization, discipline

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