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An Open Letter to Hannah Horvath About the MFA

Anna Leahy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

These are matters that any MFA applicant should think through, and you may want to look around.

I Don't Know Do You: 25 Year Old Poet, Roberto Montes, Discusses His First Book

Alissa Fleck | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Alissa Fleck

(Justin Sherwood) These days it's an uphill battle getting your writing published, particularly if you're a poet in a society that harbors a growin...

MFA Director Shares Overused Phrases, Beloved Books

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. James Magnuson is the...

The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns

ARTINFO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
ARTINFO

For aspiring artists, December is the cruelest month, when thoughts of pursuing an MFA must turn to action or be cast to the winds. It's grad school a...

What to Do With a B.A. in English?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

After the appearance of my October Huffington blog, "Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?," I have often been asked the question, "What can someone ...

Negative Capability

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

...Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and rea...

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Daniel Pena

Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?

Assembling a Chair

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Art causes even more problems than it solves, when it questions foregone conclusions and assumptions. And unlike assembling a chair, there isn't one way to do it right and you can't know what it's going to look like by studying the box.

Ryan Grim

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

Laptop-Packin' Mama

Eleni Gage | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Eleni Gage

While being a writer is great and challenging and being a mother is great and challenging, trying to be both simultaneously can sometimes feel like a recipe for disaster.

Back to School Guide: The 10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck

ARTINFO | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

Enrolling in a Fine Art MFA program is a tough decision for any would-be artist, and it comes with multiple considerations. ARTINFO has examined the m...

I Loved My MFA But Did It Make Me Hate Everything Else?

Elizabeth Tannen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Tannen

As writers, we need to be aware of the ways in which our work can be read; weeding out the useful from the non-useful is an important skill, as is reading closely for what might be improved. But it can be a slippery slope.

Bizarre and Delightful

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Summertime used to mean that the galleries and museums would take it easy, presenting lackluster group shows and few, if any, challenging solo exhibitions. Not any more. Economy be damned, the Los Angeles art scene is now sizzling year round.

So You Want to Get an MFA?: An Open Letter to My Students

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.12.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

You do not have to get an M.F.A. in order to be a writer. You do have to keep writing, read widely, and continue getting feedback on your writing via an online or face-to-face critique group.

Why MFA Programs Matter

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

The love-hate relationship between creative writing MFA programs and writers has not changed much since Kurt Vonnegut was playfully piqued by the emerging phenomenon of writing programs in the 1960s.

Young Artists Look at Old Masters

Joan Sherman | Posted 10.15.2011 | New York
Joan Sherman

In the Thesis Exhibit of the MFA program at Columbia, I saw diverse responses to the world we live in, all firmly rooted in the present. Yet, in many installations, I could see a connection to a distant past -- to Old Master art.

A Homemade MFA

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

"How did you get published? Do you have an MFA?" a reader asked last week. I struggled for the right answer -- how to tell her that, no, I don't have ...

MFA: Is It Necessary? -- The Debate

Jane Chafin | Posted 09.12.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

A degree is not something I look for when selecting artists for Offramp Gallery. The bottom line is always the work. I look for work that's honest, creative, original, skillfully executed and intensely visual.

Boston Museum To Pay Restitution To Holocaust Victim Heir

AP | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts

BOSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has determined that a 17th century Dutch painting in its collection was once owned by a Jewish art de...

PLAN ForYourArt: June 23-29

Bettina Korek | Posted 08.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Piero Golia's Constellation Paintings derived from an incident in 2010 where a taxi-driver smashed his car directly into Golia's house following an argument over a fare.

WATCH: Bathroom Turned Into Art Gallery

Posted 08.17.2011 | Arts

The Boston Museum of Fine Art got a new gallery on Wednesday night...in their bathrooms. A group of artists commemorated "Flush the Walls" -- a protes...

10 Emerging Artists To Watch

Posted 08.16.2011 | Arts

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is considered one of the top three graduate arts programs in the country and offers a Master of Fine...

Universities to Artists: Get a Doctorate?

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.31.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists are people who create their own credentials, but a movement may be afoot to create doctoral programs in studio arts.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2011-2012)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

The twenty-five programs listed here fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students, yet still receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.

Bright Young Things: Meet Tomorrow's Art Stars

Steven Zevitas | Posted 06.17.2011 | Arts
Steven Zevitas

Are artists born or made? While raw creativity seems to be a function of genetics, today's most acclaimed contemporary artists have something in commo...