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Terence Nance releases passionate open letter in response to Eric Garner jury decision

MFA in Film faculty member Terence Nance was profoundly affected by the recent ruling reagarding the death of Eric Garner and puts his thoughts into his letter, 'Niggas are Scared of Revolution.'

Writing Alumna Neela Vaswani Nominated for Grammy Award

MFA in Writing alumna Neela Vaswani (7/99) narrates the audio book for the young adult version of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai's story.

MFAW Faculty Member LeAnne Howe Wins 2014 MLA Award in Native American Literature

MFA in Writing fiction and creative nonfiction faculty member LeAnne Howe is the 2015 recipient of the MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for her memoir Choctalking on Other Realities (2013). She is also the author of Shell Shaker (2001), Evidence of Red (2005), and Miko Kings (2007).

Jonathan Bailey Holland Featured in the New York Times

Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland, faculty in the MFA in Music Composition program, was featured last summer in the New York Times in this article titled “Great Divide at the Concert Hall: Black Composers Discuss the Role of Race”

Evan Beigel’s String Quartet Performed by The Secret String Quartet

MFA in Music Composition student Evan Beigel’s (’14) string quartet Oscillatore was performed by The Secret String Quartet at Spectrum in New York City in September.


MFA in Writing Residency

A ten-day, on-campus residency followed by a six-month semester of self-created study, supported and guided by a faculty mentor.

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (WCYA) Residency

The ten-day residency includes workshops, lectures, panels, discussions, and readings by faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers and illustrators.

MFA in Visual Art Residency

Students present their critical and studio practices to each other, to faculty, and to visiting artists while planning their next non-residential period of study.

MFA in Music Composition Residency

During each seven-day on-campus residency, students are immersed in workshops, lectures, master-classes, rehearsals, and performances.


High Musicianship without Ego: Dawn Clement, '15 MC

Current student in the MFA in Music Composition Dawn Clement described in a recent interview that she's having an identity crisis. Known as a jazz piano player for years, she's shifting into pop/singer-songwriter territory in her latest album Tempest/Cobalt.

Exploring Rural Reinvention & Transformation: Allison Otto's Interactive Documentary 'Bisbee'

Filmmaker Allison Otto, a current student in the MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts, is busy weaving together history, community participation, and storytelling in her documentary film Bisbee.

Feather Systems & Pulsating Apples: Dan Schrecker Discusses Visual Effects for NOAH

In a recent interview with AWN.COM, the leading website for animation and visual effects news, Dan Schrecker, Faculty, MFA in Film and veteran visual effects supervisor for LOOK Effects, discussed his company's role in bringing to life the stunning graphics of Darren Aronofsky's latest movie,...

Out of Context, Into Function: Todd Baldwin, '10 VA

Artist Todd Baldwin, a 2010 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts, approaches making art through the challenge of pushing discarded materials out of context and into functioning as art.

Endless Possibilities with Limited Means: Denise Karabinus' Artistic Collaborations in India

Artist Denise Karabinus, a 2009 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts, recently returned from a powerful experience at Project Gram in Paradsinga, India, as one of ten artists collaborating the GRAM  International Artist Residency in Community Projects.