Studio Art

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Inspire New Ways of Thinking.

The master of fine arts (MFA) in studio art at Mills College focuses on concept-driven, multidisciplinary work, preparing you for sustained engagement in your art practice and strengthening your artistic voice.

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MFA in Studio Art

Cultivate strong visual skills, clear reasoning, and understanding of the historical, social, and analytical contexts of your art. Gain exposure for your work and build networks.

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Faculty Artists

You’ll receive generous individual attention from professors who are internationally renowned artists and deeply committed educators. Three faculty members will form your personal graduate committee.

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Private Studios

An expansive art studio will be yours for your entire Mills experience. You’ll also have access to fully equipped sculpture and photo studios, a multimedia lab, the Mills College Art Museum, and more.

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Visiting Artists

Through our Art + Process + Ideas artist-in-residence program, several Bay Area artists become part of the campus community each year, exchanging ideas with MFA students and presenting new works.


Student Art Exhibitions

Each year, graduating students work together to curate and promote their MFA thesis exhibition in the Mills College Art Museum, which draws local gallery owners, art dealers, and critics.

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Interdisciplinary Community

Find inspiration in a community of artists with diverse life experience and interests. Cross media boundaries and collaborate with artists in other disciplines, including music, dance, and creative writing.

Aron Art Center

The Aron Art Center features private art studios for graduate students, shared classroom studios, and the Mills College Art Museum, named one of top 50 college art museums in the country.

Ceramics Studio

Ceramics Studio

Painting Studio

Painting Studio

Sculpture Studio

Sculpture Studio

Digital Photography Lab

Digital Photography Lab

Award-Winning Alumnae Artists

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Amy Nathan, MFA ’18
Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Awards: 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from International Sculpture Center, Jay DeFeo Award, Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship

Exhibitions: Slide Space 123, CULT, Underline Projects, Embark Gallery, The Native Daughter, Bedford Gallery, Berkeley Art Centre, Vessel Gallery

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Joel Frank, MFA ’16
Sculpture, Painting

Awards: Jay DeFeo Award, Jean-Michel Alberola Juror’s Award, Herringer Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Art, Juried Undergraduate Merit Award, MICA Presidential Scholarship, MICA Competitive Art Scholarship, MICA Merit and Trustee Scholarship

Exhibitions: Minnesota Street Project, Palace of Fine Arts, Art Olympia International Juried Exhibition, Minna Gallery, de Young Museum, Free Oakland Up, Gallery Iveta

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Chelsea Pegram, MFA ’11
Sculpture, Installation, Printed Media

Awards: SECA Nominee, Herringer Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Art

Exhibitions: Pro Arts Gallery, Di Rosa Art Preserve, Sonoma State University Gallery, Root Division, Swarm Gallery, Sorauer: Berlin

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Claire Colette, MFA ’13
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture

Awards: Jay DeFeo Award, Herringer Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Art

Exhibitions: DENK Gallery, EVE, TOPS Gallery, Brilliant Champions Gallery, Left Field Gallery, Age of Multiples, Joshua Liner Gallery, Guerrero Gallery, Novella Gallery, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, Breeze Block Gallery, Interface Gallery, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Gold Star, The Bellyjar, Gally Hijinks, Root Division, Heart Gallery, Scoop Contemporary, Space Gallery, Southern Exposure, Intersection for the Arts

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Simon Pyle, MFA ’13
Digital Photography, Video, Installation

Awards: Jay DeFeo Award, Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship, Lewis Sudler Prize in the Arts

Exhibitions: Root Division, Headland Center for the Arts, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure

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David Mohr, MFA ’14

Awards: Jay DeFeo Award, Herringer Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Art, Frederick M. Peyser Prize

Exhibitions: Robert Else Gallery, Bows and Arrows, Witt Gallery, University Union Gallery, Incline Gallery, Beatnik Studios, Root Division, Blue Line Arts, Piedmont Center for the Arts, The Gallery at the Three Arts Club