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Old 11-13-2007, 11:41 AM
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Suggestions for MFA portfolio in painting

I am applying for the MFA program in painting and need recomendations on geting portfolio ready.
My main medium is oil. Should I put only oil paintings? should I include pencil drawings, acrylic and so on ?
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Old 11-13-2007, 07:46 PM
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Re: Suggestions for MFA portfolio in painting

Not much information in your post to go on, but as a "general" rule, include ONLY your very best work. Knowing nothing more about the school you're applying to, or your background (do you already have a BFA?), I hesitate to say more.

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Old 11-17-2007, 12:27 AM
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Re: Suggestions for MFA portfolio in painting

The school should tell you exactly what they want to see.

I was told to include 8 - 12 life drawings, 8 - 12 photographs, and 18 - 24 paintings, in my portfolio when I applied to an undergrad program.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:51 AM
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Re: Suggestions for MFA portfolio in painting

Most schools list their requirements on their website, and provide contact info for a graduate advisor. The Grad Advisor is your friend ... I recommend confirming (by phone or email with the advisor) what their portfolio requirements are (types of work, preference for digital or slide, forms to fill out). Sometimes the websites are out of date. No point spending $$ on slides, if they prefer digital!

Each school may have slightly different work they'd like to see. From my limited West Coast school research, many want to see a focused body of work that demonstrates the ideas from artist's statement. Not sure when you got your undergrad, but its not bad to spend a year or so painting to build up new work your are really proud of - might also help you decide where you'd like to study.

If you still have contact with your undergrad program, show them the slides of work you want to include in your portfolio to get some feedback.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:57 AM
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Re: Suggestions for MFA portfolio in painting

Place the images that you are considering and I will take a look.
Years ago I was awarded a fellowship to SCAD--1/2 off on tuition--through my portfolio. I opted to obtain my MFA from Brooklyn College though.
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