Master of Fine Arts Program
In early 2019, the Hite Art Institute’s Master of Fine Arts program moved to 1606 Rowan Street in the historic Portland neighborhood of Louisville. Occupying a renovated warehouse constructed in the 1800s, the Fine Arts Department offers studio space for MFA students and faculty focusing on ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, painting, printmaking, sculpture, design, mixed media, book arts, and design.
With the acquisition of this space, the three-year, 60-hour MFA program, launched in 2014 will be able to increase admissions, while still remaining intentionally small to ensure substantial interaction with faculty and ample studio space. A dedicated and highly functional home will enable the MFA program to recruit the most talented artists, and grow the Hite Art Institute’s national reputation.
Additionally, the University’s presence in Portland will exemplify its commitment to the expansion of Louisville’s commercial and artistic horizons and the revitalization of overlooked areas of the city. Establishing a world-class MFA program attached to a major research university in the heart of the oldest part of Louisville will enrich and diversify the city’s creative life.
"We are excited our MFA studios will be a part of the larger revitalization effort of a unique Louisville community. Portland is a meaningful place for our city, rich in historic landmarks and in close proximity to downtown and the river."
~ Ying Kit Chan, Professor, Department of Fine Arts
About the MFA Program
UofL’s MFA degree in studio arts and design is intended to be selective, rigorous and professional with small classes to ensure participants have substantial access to studios and faculty members. MFA students can participate in a variety of media, moving across disciplines, or focus on one area. Courses include ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, painting, printmaking, sculpture, design, mixed media, book arts and interior architecture.