ART605 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite II, Kirsten Stromberg & Regan Wheat, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART605 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite II, Kirsten Stromberg & Regan Wheat, Spring 2020


This seminar formulates the first year of a two-year program in the MFA in Studio Arts, focusing on the development of artistic research and studio practice. Students will be encouraged to think about their work within the context of contemporary art production, broadening their awareness of cultural, political, aesthetic, formal and technical issues in art as well as to current discourses across philosophical and historical fields of study. Concentrations in the seminar will be on: ideation - the formulation of concepts and ideas; exploration – experimentation and the rethinking of creative practices; contextualization – the artwork in relation to contemporary art discourses; and generation - the realization of the artwork and how it moves in the world.


The seminar consists of lectures, discussion, readings, studio work, individual and group critiques. Throughout the year, topics will be presented that are relevant to contemporary art and related to the work in process. Pertinent readings and discussions will occur in tandem. When relevant, guest speakers and artists will be invited to reflect on and discuss the students’ work and topics covered.

Major Field Trips Spring 2020

Students will be attending:

  • Paris Trip: tentative dates: March 23rd-26th
  • Milan Trip: February 8th

Learning Outcomes

Each student is required to produce a body of work, make presentations on their work, and participate in end-of-year group exhibition.

Means of Evaluation

  • 10% Written articulations, including artist statement
  • 30% Participation in weekly meetings, readings & discussions
  • 60% Individual and Group Critiques – presentation, articulation, discussion and quality of work


Grades range from A+ to F. The SACI grading scale follows:
A+ Outstanding
A Excellent
A- Nearly Excellent
B+ Very Good
B Good
B- Nearly Good
C+ Above Satisfactory
C Satisfactory
C- Below Satisfactory
D Unsatisfactory
F Failure

A: Outstanding. Work is done with the highest commitment to excellence with a refined understanding and research of technical skill in chosen medium. Participation is consistent, all classes are attended. Open studio work is completed on time and goes consistently above and beyond what is required.

B: Above Average. Work is strong and shows a good understanding of technical skill in chosen medium. Participation may be inconsistent, but still good. Open studio work usually shows an understanding of what is covered.

C: Satisfactory. Work is average. Participation may be inconsistent. Open studio work is completed with average dedication and understanding.

Attendance and Punctuality

Punctual class attendance is mandatory, and all students are expected to take an active role in protecting a serene learning environment.

  • You are expected to stay for the duration of the class and to leave only during official breaks unless you explain in advance a medical necessity to the instructor. Frequent missed time in class may be counted as an unexcused absence.
  • If you are unable to attend class, you must inform your instructor in advance.
  • An absence is excused for documented and serious medical problems. An undocumented medical absence is at the discretion of the instructors.
  • Each absence will lower the participation grade by 1/3 of a grade. (i.e., an A will become an A-, and A- a B+, etc.)
  • If you must miss class for reasons other than a medical emergency, you should discuss with the instructors the consequences of the absences. It is ultimately the instructors’ decision to assess how your absence may affect your academic performance. In exceptional circumstances (which do not include personal travel) the instructors may decide to excuse the absence and provide you with alternative work to make up for missed classes, site visits or field trips, if applicable.

The Learning Environment

The MFA studios are group spaces and require that everyone respect the space of others. Being aware of your impact and actions is fundamental. Please keep it at all times clean and return all materials/supplies to their appropriate spaces.

All members of the class are expected to respect the learning environment and the instructors' efforts to maintain it. All phones, laptops and other electronic devices are only allowed to be seen or used during class or specific tasks with the approval of the instructor.


Weeks 1-4

Generation - the realization of a body of work
Slides I On-site research I In-studio work | Individual Meetings | Discussion

Weeks 5-6

Contextualization – The artwork in relation to contemporary art discourses
Slides I In-studio work I Individual Meetings | Research in relation to artistic research.

Week 7


Week 8


Week 9

Contextualization continued
In-studio work | Individual Meetings | Discussion Week

Week 10

Open Studios March 19th

Week 11

TRIP TO PARIS -Tentative dates March 23rd -26th

Week 12

First Year Exhibition April 2ndPalazzo Maidoff.

Weeks 13-14

Prepare for Final Review.
In-studio work I Individual Meetings | Research in relation to artistic research.
Second Year Final Exhibition April 8th, Frittelli Art Gallery.

Week 15


The instructors reserve the right to change the syllabus when necessary and will inform the students if and when this occurs.


General Safety & Emergency Instructions

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