Visual Arts (Clay, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking)


  • Develop advanced conceptual & technical skills 
  • Study abroad in Florence, Italy
  • For professional artists with intense commitment to their art

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The Master of Fine Arts program is designed to provide professional emphasis for persons with an intense commitment to their art who intend to become serious professional artists. Marywood’s MFA in Visual Arts can give you the opportunity to develop your conceptual and technical skills as professional artists. You can build a foundation for further professional growth and increase awareness of your role in contemporary society.


The Marywood M.F.A. program also offers an option for graduate students in the fine arts to complete a portion of their MFA degree requirements by studying in Florence, Italy. This opportunity is offered through collaboration with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. For more information, visit the Graduate Study Abroad page.

More About This Degree

Faculty members in Marywood’s Art Department are committed, caring and creative. They teach classes; advise on course selection, internship opportunities, and portfolio development; and instruct in use of appropriate technology for the various art and design areas. In addition, they continue to develop their own aesthetic visions. In the past, a dozen faculty have exhibited their work in national and international exhibitions, and faculty have been featured in Artists Magazine, Art in America, Fiber Arts, Ceramics Monthly, Metalsmith, American Craft and Step by Step.

Clay: Matt Povse
Sculpture: Robert Griffith
Painting: Pamela Parsons
Photography: Sam Olfano
Printmaking: Peter Hoffer

Classes are held in the Shields Center for Visual Arts and the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, both equipped with the latest computers and 80,000 square feet of studio/gallery space.


Marywood’s Art Galleries provide the Marywood community and northeastern Pennsylvania with noteworthy cultural events. The Mahady Contemporary Gallery, located on the first floor, is a spacious and dramatic setting for the display of artwork. The Suraci Gallery, located on the second floor, maintains Marywood’s permanent collection of fine and decorative arts.


The Shields Center for Visual Arts houses the Maslow Collection, which includes over 500 works from 178 artists including prints by noted artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauchenber.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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