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
From March 24th-April 8th, 2018, Columbia University’s first year MFA Visual Arts students presented their latest works-in-progress at the First Year Exhibition. The show was held at the new Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, and was curated by Natalie Bell.read more
Visual Arts Alumna Julia Phillips '15 is featuring her work in a solo exhibition titled, Julia Phillips: Failure Detection, at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY.read more
ART + WORK Exhibit Showcases Art by SOA Staff and Faculty
Currently running at Columbia University’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery, ART + WORK is a group exhibition featuring the work of faculty members and staff from across the various disciplines at Columbia University's School of the Arts.read more
Alumnus Marc Poirier '86 Creates Site-Specific Installation for Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
Visual Arts Alumnus Marc Poirier '86 designed part of the theatrical landscape for Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by the Apollinaire Theatre.read more
Assistant Professor and Alumna Nicola López '04 in Solo Exhibit Reconfiguring Trash
Visual Arts Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia College Nicola López '04 is in a solo exhibit, Relics, Fibs, Trash, and Treasures, at Hawthorn Contemporary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.read more
Adjunct Assistant Professor Ben Hagari '14 in Exhibit Examining Democracy
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Alumnus Ben Hagari '14 is in group exhibition titled, Safe Shore / State of Emergency, at Haifa Museum of Art in Israel.read more