Thesis work by Filip Lav '16
Photo by Joel Jares

The Visual Arts Program attracts emerging artists of unusual promise from around the world. They join a vigorous community, working alongside an exceptional faculty at a world-renowned research institution in New York City.


The Visual Arts Program is interdisciplinary and offers an MFA degree in Visual Arts rather than in one specific medium. The two-year studio program, taught by internationally celebrated artists, allows students to pursue moving image, new genres, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

2017 Thesis Exhibition
Visual Arts and Sound Art
Lenfest Center for the Arts

Visual Arts News

Current Student in Short Film at the Amon Carter Museum of Art

Hugh Hayden ‘18, who is a second-year student in Columbia’s Visual Arts Program, stars in a short film titled, Hugh the Hunter, directed by the Oscar-nominated director, Zachary Heinzerling.

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Alumnus David Brooks '09 Exhibits Solo Installation on Governors Island

Alumnus David Brooks '09 is showcasing his site specific installation, Rock, Mosquito, and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island on Governors Island until October 31st, 2017.  

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Student Spotlight: Timothy Charles Roseborough '18

For this week’s Student Spotlight, we caught up with Timothy Charles Roseborough ‘18, who is now a 2nd-year student in the MFA Visual Arts Program, to see how his work has progressed since we last talked. (Timothy’s interview as a 1st-year student can be found here). Here’s what we learned:

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Alumnus Ektor Garcia in Group Exhibit Examining Gender and Sexuality

Alumnus, ektor garcia '16 is featured in a group exhibition at the New Museum titled, Trigger: Gender as a tool and a weapon, which explores gender-fluid expressions of identity in art. Garcia is among forty artists, including the award-winning performance artist, Vaginal Davis.

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Faculty Member in Group Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan

Faculty member Rirkrit Tiravanija is included in a group exhibition titled, Sunshower, at The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, which is one of the show’s two locations.

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Alumna Allison Janae Hamilton ‘17 in Group Exhibition at The Studio Museum at Harlem

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