Pearl Van Geest, MFA Candidate 2014
Coming back to school after almost 15 years of maintaining a studio practice, I was looking for a shake up and a place to explore and develop new directions in my work. Windsor definitely has been that place. The faculty is rigorous in their questioning and critiques while being supportive of exploration and risk taking. The program is structured to progressively facilitate the development of the thesis exhibition based on a foundation of a critical awareness of contemporary issues and a balance of theory, academic writing, studio critiques and the creation of a personal archive. The 24-hour access to the studios and facilities was another factor in my decision to come to Windsor, as was the inclusion MFA candidates are given to the larger art community of Windsor.
Owen Eric Wood, MFA, 2013
"Coming from a large undergraduate program at Concordia University in Montreal, I was apprehensive about moving to a smaller place like Windsor. My work as a video artist required three things: equipment, space and technical expertise. Looking back, it was an excellent decision to do the M.F.A. program at the University of Windsor. Here, I had my own private studio space and 24-hour access to the school; I wasn’t fighting for equipment; and, best of all, a smaller student body meant that faculty members and technicians were readily available when I needed them. The University of Windsor’s School for Arts & Creative Innovation is in the unique position of having a faculty consisting of both studio and theoretical-based practices, not just in art and art history, but in fields such as communications, architecture, visual culture, film and music. At the end of each semester, I presented my work to a large group of faculty with diverse backgrounds, whose questions challenged me with fresh perspectives that stretched far beyond the formal aspects of my medium."