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Open Studio

The studio art major culminates in Open Studio and the Senior Show, immersing students in building and exhibiting a personal body of work.

According to Associate Professor and Chair of Art Mark Holmes, "The ultimate goal of Open Studio is for the students to develop what I call creative agency."

The course is an independent study with a faculty mentor. Open Studio requires 40 hours each week of studio work and is taken the term before the Senior Show, where work is exhibited in the gallery of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. This course is required of all studio art majors.

Open Studio gives students the opportunity to pursue their work without distraction in a challenging creative community that rewards intellectual and creative risks. During the winter term of their senior year, with no other courses, students immerse themselves in the studio while spending six hours each week in intensive critical exchanges with a team of faculty members in addition to weekly meetings with a faculty mentor. Studio exercises lead students to discover new creative directions, and to reassess assumptions that may hinder their development. For many, Open Studio is the pivotal experience in their transformation from student to artist.

Knox's studio art majors are regularly accepted into the most competitive of MFA programs, recently including:

  • Alfred University
  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Mills College
  • New York Studio School
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Parson The New School of Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tyler School of Art
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • Yale University School of Art

Open Studio provides Art Studio majors with unique access to resources and faculty members in an independent setting. How will you express yourself at Knox?

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