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MFA Drawing Career Information

Make a living AND make a difference.

The MFA Drawing program aims to instill in its graduates a strong sense of artistic, intellectual, and personal confidence that will open doors to a broad array of professional possibilities. You’ll emerge from the program empowered to succeed as a professional artist, and you’ll also be equipped to teach at the college/university level and pursue other career opportunities in which your creative and communication skills will enable you to thrive.

Possible Careers:

 
  • Professional Artist
  • Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Instructor
  • Curator
  • Museum Preparator
  • Arts Education Specialist
  • Art Director
  • Gallery Owner
  • Archivist
  • Appraiser
  • Entrepreneur

Where KCAD MFA Drawing alumni have exhibited their work:

 
  • National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL)
  • Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Harvard Ceramics Gallery 224 (Boston, MA)
  • Casa de la Cultura (Jalisco, Mexico)
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE)
  • Zhou B Art Center (Chicago, IL)
  • The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL)
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
  • Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Valdosta National All-Media Juried Competition (Valdosta State University, GA)
  • Miami Art Basel, Viophilia Gallery (Miami, FL)
  • Limner Art Gallery (Hudson, NY)
  • 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • The Bascom – A Center for the Visual Arts (Highlands, NC)
  • Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Lore Degenstein Gallery (Selinsgrove, PA)
  • Niagra Artists Centre (Ontario, Canada)
  • Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Royal Naval Club (Portsmouth, United Kingdom)
  • Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (Ashbury Park, NJ)
  • Bold Hype Gallery (New York, NY)
  • Medicine Agency (San Francisco, CA)
  • StolenSpace Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
  • Copro Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lux/Eros Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Smashbox Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Minna Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
  • Together Gallery (Portland, OR)
  • Project One (San Francisco, CA)
  • Tartline (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Drawing Center (New York, NY)
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI)

Where KCAD MFA Drawing alumni have held artist residencies:

 
  • Office of the Arts at Harvard, Harvard University (Boston, MA)
  • National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL)
  • Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT)
  • Duemiladieci società cooperativa sociale (Trieste, Italy)
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME)
  • Kholer Arts Industry (Sheboygan, WI)
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts (Saugatuck, MI)
  • Plank Road Artist Residency, Farwell House (Frederick, IL)

Where KCAD MFA Drawing alumni work:

 
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Assistant Professor of Ceramics
  • University of Tampa (Tampa, FL) – Adjunct Professor
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA) – Drawing Department Chair
  • Rian M Design LLC (Grand Rapids, MI) – Owner/Operator
  • Stage 1 Design (St. Louis Missouri) – Senior Partner/Co-owner
  • Paperdoll (Rockford, MI) – Art Director/Co-owner
  • LaFontsee Galleries (Grand Rapids, MI) – Represented Professional Fine Artist
  • Paper Moth Studio (Grand Rapids, MI) – Owner/Artist
  • Hatch Creative Services (Grand Rapids, MI) – Co-owner/Designer/Director
  • SHEvents (Grand Rapids, MI) – Co-founder/Artistic Director
  • College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) – Adjunct Faculty
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way (Grand Rapids, MI) – Director of Workplace Campaigns
  • Notions Marketing (Grand Rapids, MI) – Operations Manager

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