Accepting applications to our MFA Program now

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Apply to the Masters of Fine Art, emphasis in Art & Technology, at the Ohio State University

MFA students in Art develop their practices within and beyond the context of seven studio areas: art and technology, ceramics, glass, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students in the Art & Technology area take courses with 3 full-time faculty in Art & Technology, plus 20 more faculty across the Department of Art, including Ann Hamilton, recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Students benefit from affiliated faculty in Film Studies, Physics, the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD), Architecture, Molecular Genetics and the Nanotech West Lab. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary experimentation that forges connections to other departments is encouraged.

The curriculum balances intensive studio-based coursework with university electives. Our 3-year collaborative MFA program offers its students an opportunity to extend and deepen their studio practices within the expanded context of a research university. The vast majority of our students are fully funded by Graduate Associateships (GAs) for all 3 years of study.

Each graduate student is provided with a private, or semi-private studio, as well as access to facilities dedicated to the production of interactive and robotic art, game art, large-format imaging, moving image art, and collaborative spaces for the development of new forms.

Deadline for International Students: November 30, 2016
Fellowship deadline for Domestic Students: December 31th, 2016
Deadline for all required application materials for Domestic applicants: January 31, 2017

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/~~~~/ Installation, video, sound, performance by current graduate student Andrew Wood

Machines Triggered by the Ghost of Thomas Eakins

Art and Tech MFA alum Fernando Orellana’s has a solo show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), recently reviewed by Hyperallergic. To summon the ghost of Thomas Eakins to Philadelphia through art machines and nude models, robots are constantly sampling three different measurements: electromagnetic, temperature, and infrared. All three of these are what pseudo-scientist and paranormal researchers measure when they try to detect ghost activity.

 

Maker Faire Ottawa

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Selfie Moment, by Ethan Schaefer

Art and Tech students and faculty and alumni presented work at Maker Faire in Ottawa Canada in a special art exhibition titled Preternatural, co-curated by Ohio State University Professor Ken Rinaldo and Maker Faire curator Remco Volmer. They invited artists whose works address the perspectives of animals, media and technological representations, ecosystems, futures, coevolution, symbiosis and friction between human and non-humans. These included 3D rapid prototyped sculptures, 3D animations, robotic artworks, performance and moving image art installations.

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Makezine wrote a story about the Preternatural exhibition
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AdaFruit wrote about Jeremy Viny and Andrew Frueh’s project in the exhibition

Invited artists: Madeleine Rico, Jeremy Viny, Trademark Gunderson, Jordan Reynolds, Ethan Schaefer, Catherine Lee, Danner Seyffer-Sprague, Danielle Popp, Yoni Mizrachi, Sarah Goetz, Amy Youngs, Grant Parish, Casey Hamilton, Daniel Popp, Christine Rucker, Katherine Beigel, Drew Grigsby, Christina Howard, Kyler Holland, Maggie Barrie, Riley Patrick, Makayla Combs, Nick Cunningham, Hui Yang, Jayne Kennedy, Brandon Messner, Jacob Markusic, Brandon Ball, Michael Anderson, Leah Lafarciola, Gaopeng Chen, Jay Young and Ken Rinaldo.

Special Thanks to the United States Department of State for the generous grant allowing travel funds for these artists and to Maker Faire Ottawa for this generous opportunity as well as the Department of Art at the Ohio State University in supporting this international opportunity.

Where Rocks are Fed to Trees

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The faculty and students of the Underground Symbiosis class are ready to show you something you’ve never seen before.

We invite you to experience Where Rocks are Fed to Trees, an art installation inspired by the subterranean, fungal communication networks that enable the sharing and transport of nutrients between different species.

This multi-channel video projection environment was collaboratively created within the context of an Art/Science course at the Ohio State University, Art 5001: Underground Symbiosis: the art and science of mycorrhizal networks. This co-taught course built on synergies between Professor Iris Meier’s research in Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and Professor Amy Youngs’ ecosystem installation artworks. Together, with 16 undergraduate students, we performed scientific experiments such as microscopy, staining, chemical analysis and plant growth trials, to better understand mycorrhizae. Artistic methods, such as observation, speculation, synthesis, manipulation, construction and presentation, were also employed throughout our investigations, which have culminated in this co-created, immersive, art/science installation.

It will be presented as part of the Art and Technology exhibition, Loving the Obligate Symbiont, in Hopkins Hall, at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. We invite the public to join us for the reception on Monday, April 25th, 5 – 8pm. Or visit during open hours on April 21, 22 or 25th. More info.

Artists: 

Trent Bailey, Brandon Ball, Katherine Beigel, Gaopeng Chen, Tyler Collins, Sarah Hockman, Shatae Johnson, Eric Lo, Jacob Markusic, Iris Meier, Yoni Mizrachi, Julianne Panzo, Edwin Rice, Ethan Schaefer, Aaron Theesfeld, Robert Ward, and Amy Youngs.

Special thanks to our supporters:

  • The Department of Molecular Genetics
  • The Department of Art
  • College of Arts and Sciences Small Grant Program
  • Biological Sciences Greenhouse
  • Chadwick Arboretum

And thanks to the following individuals, for inspiring our class with presentations and technical assistance: Eduardo Acosta, Dr. Ana Alonso, Jean-Christophe Cocuron, Dr. Dobritsa, Anna Griffis, Norman Groves, Kim Landsbergen, Joan Leonard, Galen Rask, and Emily Yoders-Horn.

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More class photos here.

 

Art & Tech Exhibition: Loving the Obligate Symbiont

Loving the Obligate Symbiont celebrates the value of the intertwined symbiosis that makes all living systems possible. This themed, new media exhibition includes 3D animations, robotic art, internet art, tactical media, art inspired by mycorrhizal networks, digital art, installation, 3D modeling and rapid prototyping, digital video and algorithmic approaches to representing the concept of our interdependence with living systems and non living, emergent machine intelligences.

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Where Rocks Are Fed To Trees immersive art/science installation.

This bi-annual juried exhibition highlights art-making and experimentation in the Art and Technology area of the Department of Art during Spring Semester 2016. Be sure to see the immersive art installation created by students and faculty in a co-taught art/science course on display in room 340.

Open Hours:
Thursday 4/21: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 4/22: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday 4/25: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reception: Monday, April 25, 5-8PM

Where: Hopkins Hall Gallery, Lobby, Corridor, Collaboratory, & rooms 156, 162, 340.
Hopkins Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Map and info on how to get here by bike, bus, or car & parking.

 

Alumni Snapshot – Gene Felice

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Gene A. Felice II graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Art, focused in Art & Technology. In 2014 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Arts & New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Gene Felice presenting his artwork at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

He is a new faculty member within Intermedia & New Media at the University of Maine where he is also developing his Coaction Lab for interdisciplinary collaboration with an ecologically minded approach. He bridges his research and practice across:  Art, Science, Design & Education, developing a network of creativity, living systems, and emerging technologies. He has a hybrid practice at the intersection of nature and technology, developing symbiotically creative systems as arts / science research.

Visit Gene’s website here.

 

BioPresence Exhibition Fall 2015

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This themed, new media art exhibition will include animations, robotic art, internet art, tactical media, sound artworks, maps, digital art, installation, video and algorithmic approaches to sensing and representing non-human beings. It will be held at the Ohio State University main campus and the Mote Galleries on High Street, in Columbus, Ohio.

The exhibition will begin at the Mote Galleries on November 16, 2015 with selected, invited artists. From December 9th through the 16th, BioPresence will expand into a large-scale exhibition in the Hopkins Hall Gallery and throughout the building. It will include a listening room for audio artworks selected for the juried show: BioPresence – Bioacoustic Urbanscapes. Opening celebration 5pm – 8pm, Wednesday December 9th  in the lobby of Hopkins Hall.

Participating artists include: Jessica Ann, Katherine BennettAllison Semele Blair, Matt Lewis, William RandallKen Rinaldo, TrademarkDoo-Sung YooAmy Youngs and many more.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to submit artwork to this new media art exhibition that reveals and considers the presence of biological beings in the unique urban habitat of the Ohio State University. Apply to the Audio Art portion of the show here by December 3. Jurying of the new media art show will take place in Hopkins Hall on December 8th, 2015.

Learn more about the BioPresence #AnimalOSU project and the people involved.

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Map Detailing Locations of the Works

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