Visual Arts Alumni

Fernandes, Brendan, MFA Thesis Exhibition, 2005 On Safari (Installation View) Photo: Kim Clarke

Fernandes, Brendan, MFA Thesis Exhibition, 2005 On Safari (Installation View)

Photo taken by: Kim Clarke

During my graduate studies at Western I learned from an incredible community of artists, professors, mentors and peers. The knowledge and skills I gained, as well as the connections I made, have been instrumental in my pursuit of a career in the non-profit arts sector.
Interim Visitor Services Coordinator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 

Choosing Western's MA program in Art History was both easy and one of the best decisions of my academic career. The program's limited enrollment means that one is not simply a student, but a member of a tight-knit intellectual community. I particularly appreciated the small seminars, which provided ample opportunity for interaction and collaboration with fellow students and faculty, and the manifold opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange with MFA students, whether in courses or in the department's many creative projects. The MA program's unique combination of theory, course work, and a rigorous research thesis prepared me directly for success in my doctoral studies.   
Ph.D., University of Toronto

My experience in the Master's program at Western was extremely rewarding. The engagement with critical theory in coursework and the opportunity to work with archival material for my thesis certainly prepared me for further study in the field. I particularly appreciated the close mentorship of faculty members and the collegial environment in the department. Not only did this supportive climate help foster my skills in critical and creative thinking, but it was in this context that I made some great friends in both the art history and studio streams.
Assistant Professor, Carleton University

"In an economy that increasingly devalues the liberal arts, it is more and more rare to find the time and the support to develop one's own vision and voice. The MFA program at Western offers an invaluable opportunity to create art, to write and to think freely."
Artist and curator

"As an MFA candidate at Western, I most valued the intense theoretical rigor provided to me by the community of faculty and peers.  This allowed me to develop and grow as an artist, and I was able to articulate my ideas in many forms.  I am grateful to have developed these tools through this unique program of study. What I learned at Western continues to influence my practice as a professional today."

"My time as an MFA student in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University was formative not only for myself but also for the department. Both students and professors interfaced to mold a program that was flexible and incredibly rewarding. This spirit of collaboration endures and continues to support the development of visual art and artists in Canada."
Associate Director of Administration and Corporate Secretary, Art Gallery of Ontario (2013-); Assistant Director, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2009-2013); artist