Hartford Art School

MFA in Interdisciplinary Art

The Interdisciplinary MFA, often called Nomad/9, is dedicated to regenerative culture and radical creativity. This low-residency program unites ecology, urban studies, and the craft-to-code technology continuum at sites throughout the Americas, and prepares artists to engage with the most pressing issues of our time. Our format allows students to continue with their art, work, and families in their home locations, while participating in a comprehensive MFA program.

About the Program

Nomad MFA

This program is designed for artists who want to continue living and working in their home locations, while earning a rigorous, fully-accredited MFA. Students and faculty gather in-person three times a year for residencies, and utilize distance learning platforms in between residencies to create a close-knit educational community.

Thesis advisors hold regular Skype conferences with students during the fall and spring semesters to provide crucial feedback on the development of thesis work. These one-on-one online meetings allow for sustained in-depth dialogue and consideration of personalized readings.

Check out our supplemental website which provides field notes and a visual journal of the Nomad MFA residencies.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog. 

Degree Requirements

Summer Residency 1

Methodologies in Contemporary Art
Art & Ecology: Global North
Art & Place, Reconsidered 1
Techno Lab 1
Critique Seminar 1

Fall 1

Fall Online 1
Art History and the Global 1

Fall Online 1
Distinguished Practitioner Class 1
Art & Place, Reconsidered 2
Techno Lab 2
Critique Seminar 2

Spring Residency 1

Distinguished Practitioner Class 1
Art & Place, Reconsidered 3
Techno Lab 3
Critique Seminar 3

Summer Residency 2

Interdisciplinary MFA Projects 1
Techno Lab 4
Hartford Public Art 1
Art & Ecology Seminar

Fall 2

Fall Online 2
Professional Practices

Fall Residency 2
Art & Ecology: Global South
Distinguished Practitioner Class 3
Interdisciplinary MFA Projects 2

Spring Residency 2

Interdisciplinary MFA Projects 3
Art and Healing
Distinguished Practitioner Class 4
Art & Place, Reconsidered 4

Summer Residency 3

Hartford Public Art 2
MFA Project Exhibition
MFA Written Thesis

The Residencies

A three-week summer residency is held on the U.S. east coast, and winter and spring residencies (two weeks each) occur at sites throughout the Americas. In-depth study of the environmental and cultural histories of each site become an integral part of the curriculum. In this way, the location itself becomes a teacher.

Residency locations vary. Each cohort of students can expect to visit five different sites. Over time, the program will establish ongoing projects with nine sites across the Americas.

New Mexico Spring 2019 Residency

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Get to Know Us

Career Outlook

nomad/9 mfa students

Tathy Yazigi MFA ‘18 is a working artist whose work shows throughout the Americas, including gallery spaces in Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and the United States, as well as film festivals in the Netherlands and Italy. With an advanced degree in interdisciplinary art, you will be equipped to travel the globe and create conversations around the world’s most difficult questions.

Interdisciplinary MFA Faculty and Staff

Meet the people who will guide you on your international journey throughout the Nomad/9 program.

MFA Interdisciplinary Art

Carol Padberg
Associate Professor; Director of Interdisciplinary MFA
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Carla Corcoran
Program Manager, Interdisciplinary MFA
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Caroline Woolard
Assistant Professor of Fine Art
Sculpture

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Mark Dion
Visiting Artist
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Nico Wheadon
Visiting Artist
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Linda Weintraub
Visiting Artist
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Pablo Helguera
Visiting Artist
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Roxanne Swentzell
Visiting Artist
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Christy Gast
Visiting Artist
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Mary Mattingly
Visiting Artist
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Carol Padberg
Associate Professor; Director of Interdisciplinary MFA
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Billie Lee
Jackie McLean Fellow
Painting and Drawing

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Rich Hollant
Visiting Artist
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Gene Gort
Professor, Media Arts
Integrated Media Arts

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Amanda Carlson
Associate Professor of Art History
Art History

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Hope Ginsburg
Visiting Artist
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Muriel Hasbun
Visiting Artist
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Admission Requirements

interdisciplinary mfa students in the field

We seek students who ask tough questions and take creative risks. Prerequisites include an undergraduate degree (BFA preferred) from an accredited institution, an ongoing creative practice, and a working understanding of contemporary art and culture. Creative practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds. The most important MFA prerequisite is an engaged, ongoing artistic practice.

It was the first time I had ever been to New Mexico and I could not think of a better way to be introduced to the land, the water, the people and their stories. We were camping in the high desert and it was pretty cold at times but the warmth of Roxanne Swentzell and her amazing family got us through it all with smiles. I dug my hands in the earth for the first time and found the dirt that called to me, making clay and then pinch pots with it that we later fired together outside at Santa Clara pueblo. I soaked up so much and am still processing it all as I carry these experiences with me, back home into my daily life and into my art practice. These residencies embed you with so much that ends up growing into your work in unpredictable ways. I await the surprises.

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