NH Institute of Art Launches New Low Residency Master of Fine Arts Program


MFA’s offered in Visual Arts, Photography, Creative Writing, and Writing for Stage and Screen with biannual residencies on the Sharon Arts Campus in Peterborough and Sharon, NH.

MANCHESTER, NH – Building on its recent merger with the Sharon Arts Center, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has launched a new low residency Master of Fine Art degree program that will be housed at its Sharon Arts Campus in Peterborough and Sharon, NH.

Masters of Fine Arts degrees will be offered in Visual Arts, Photography, Creative Writing and Writing for Stage and Screen and have been accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The goal of the low residency program is to cultivate artists who understand, engage and evolve into the professional field they have embraced. Each student will graduate from the Institute’s MFA program with a comprehensive awareness of the world of art; an understanding of their role in that world; life-long artistic conceptual, creative, professional and intellectual goals; and the skills, expertise and support mechanisms required to complete and exceed these goals.

“This is an exciting opportunity for artists from across the country to participate in a unique program that allows them to explore their artistic vision in a way that will advance their careers,” said Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Alison Williams. “This exploration will occur in a collaborative setting that is cross disciplined in one of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the country.”

At each residency, students will spend time in groups as well as individually, discussing, critiquing and exploring the meaning behind their work with faculty, visiting artists and other professionals. This discussion will be supported by historical and contemporary theoretical and cultural study as well as rigorous personal research. Students will leave each residency inspired by critique and discussion, with an individual, measured yet challenging direction designed for the semester ahead. The residencies are student based; faculty and other professionals are dedicated to assisting students in the theoretical and technical development of their work. Throughout the degree program, students are given personal, individual care and guidance. The faculty’s objective is to help you, the student, dig deep into the meaning of their work and create a passionate work ethic that will sustain through each semester and on into their professional life.

All 10-day residencies for each degree program take place in the heart of New England’s historic and culturally rich Mt. Monadnock Region located in southeastern New Hampshire. The village of Peterborough, one of the leading small arts communities in America, and the adjacent Sharon Arts Center--both located in the foothills of the famous mountain--serve as the secluded hub for the residencies, offering the ideal retreat atmosphere for artists. The surrounding countryside is abundant with peaceful haunts and by-ways-- hiking trails, rivers, rolling hills as well as small historical villages with boutiques, museums and great dining spots are all a short walk or drive away.

Open House informational sessions:

  • Saturday, February 16, 2013 10am – noon
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6-8pm
  • Saturday, March 16, 2013 10am – noon
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6-8pm

Open House informational sessions will be held at:
Sharon Arts Center Gallery
30 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

Residency dates:

  • June 2013: 21 - 30
  • January 2014: 3 – 13

Please email gradadmissions@nhia.edu to register

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About the NH Institute of Art:
Established in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has had a firm commitment to educating diverse traditional and nontraditional students in the fine arts.

The Institute offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree drawing undergraduate students from across the United States and Canada. Its Certificate Programs and a Continuing Education program attract and engage community members from throughout New England. Dedicated faculty promote intellectual and artistic development and teach students to respond artistically to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The mission of the Sharon Arts Center is to engage the community in the artistic process, to support and serve artists and craftspeople, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitions, and the promotion and sale of arts and crafts as well as through special programs and events. The Sharon Arts center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, NH.

Media Contact:    
Christopher M. Williams
Cookson Stephens Corporation

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