MFA Windsor

The Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Windsor is a two-year, studio-centered program geared towards creative exploration, innovative experimentation and the development of a sustainable artistic practice. The program provides graduate students with a critical and theoretical framework that enables the independent development of artistic research and studio production that is supported by a range of dynamic faculty, visiting artists, curators and critics. Windsor’s School for Arts and Creative Innovation (Visual Arts) has one of the longest running MFA programs in Canada, founded in 1979. University of Windsor MFA graduates have gone on to establish significant careers as visual artists, educators, curators and arts professionals.

Our program is distinguished for its focus on intensive graduate supervision, spacious facilities and openness to unconventional practices.  We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to art that enables students to experiment with a variety of media and methods to discover those best suited to realizing their creative projects.  Recently these have ranged from video installation, audio responsive installation, performance, social practice,  bio art, and urban intervention.

We will be offering an MFA in Film & Media Arts in 2014. Stay tuned for more information, or contact us directly!

Our faculty have established national and international reputations, exhibiting regularly in Canada and abroad. Currently, Visual Arts faculty members are working on a range of externally funded projects that explore multimedia performance, the intersection of art and biotechnology, ecology, architecture and urban culture. We encourage applications from artists working in a wide variety of contemporary practices.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due February 1st, 2014. For more information on application procedures and requirements, see the Admission section.

In addition to our MFA in Visual Art, we will be offering an MFA in Film & Media Arts.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Prof. Sigi Torinus, Graduate Program Coordinator, at (519)253-3000 ×2829 or

Program News

selected events

June 8 - July 20, 2013
In a Word: Donna Kwasnicki, Bruce Thompson, and Pearl Van Geest
(Pearl is a University of Windsor MFA candidate, and Bruce a recent graduate)
SB Contemporary Art
1017 Church Street, Windsor, ON, N9A 4V3
Opening Reception: Saturday June 8, 1-4pm

April 10 to April 27, 2013
Survey: Amanda Dudnik, Pearl Van Geest, Mike Marcon, Allen Matrosov (MFA Windsor candidates)
SB Contemporary Art
1017 Church Street, Windsor, ON, N9A 4V3
Opening Reception: Saturday April 13, 1-4pm


Defenses 2013:

Michael Dirisio - Common Goods
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Tuesday, May 14 @ 9:30am

Owen Eric Wood - I Am Not Present
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Thursday, April 18 @ 6PM

Bruce Thompson - the story goes on…
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Tuesday, April 23 @ 6PM


“A is for…” Amin Rehman (Lahore, Pakistan & Toronto ON; MFA Windsor 2011)
Artcite, October 19 - November 17, 2012
Solo show, mixed media installation with painting,
Opening reception: Friday October 19, 2012, 7:30 PM
Presented in conjunction with BookFest Windsor 2012 - October 25-27, 2012

Artcite Gallery / September 7 – October 13, 2012
INLAND EMPIRES”, Mike Marcon (University of Windsor MFA candidate)
Solo show; sculpture and mixed media installation
Opening reception: Friday September 7, 2012, 7:30 PM
Artcite Gallery
109 University Ave. W.
Windsor, ON, N9A 5P4

Aug 1 -25, 2012 at Gallery 129 Ossington, Toronto:
State Changes –Group Exhibition
Featuring University of Windsor MFA 2012 graduates and current students.
Interactive projection event: Aug 1 + 2 (in the evening) 8:30 – 11pm.
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat, 12 – 6pm, or by appointment

Participating artists include:
Meghan Krauss,
Riaz Mehmood + Mike Marcon,
Sarah Chomko,
Lydia Burggraaf + Amanda White

The show begins with a two-night special event: Spatial Rotation, an interactive projection  by Nicholas De Cosson taking place outside the gallery on the storefront window, Wednesday August 1 and Thursday August 2, from 8:30 – 11pm
For More information visit the website page, or facebook event

Defenses 2012:

Lydia Burggraaf - Horizons: Current and Recent Arbornaut Missions
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 12:30 PM

Meghan Krauss - autotopia
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Wednesday, April 11 @ 3:00 pm

Sarah Chomko - Eat Me
check out daily updated exhibition
MacKenzie Hall Cultural Centre (3277 Sandwich St. Windsor, ON)
Friday, April 13 @ 11:00 am

Riaz Mehmood - …in progress…
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Wednesday, April 18 @ 10:00 am

Laura Shintani - Compression Decompression
MacKenzie Hall Cultural Centre (3277 Sandwich St. Windsor, ON)
Wednesday, April 25 @ 10:00 am

Amanda White - Frugivore
SoVA Projects Gallery / University of Windsor (LeBel)
Thursday, April 26 (time TBA)
The SoVA Projects Gallery in the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor

** is located in the LeBel building (SW corner of Huron Church and College Ave.  open M-F 9-4 pm)

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How to Interpret Abstract Art * a free workshop at the Art Gallery of Windsor led by SoVA University of Windsor Graduate students * Friday, January 27th, 2012 @ 7 PM

MFA students Amanda White, Bruce Thompson, Lydia Burggraaf, Meghan Krauss and Riaz Mehmood

“Building up from short exercises in a classroom setting to activities that directly engage with the work in the gallery setting, we will attempt to apply a variety of conventional skills to the somewhat daunting concepts behind colour field painting,” says Krauss. “We will demonstrate that everyone is capable of understanding abstract art using his or her own intuition and existing knowledge.”

Participants are encouraged to wear their favourite colour and come prepared to engage physically, emotionally and mentally in a number of group activities.


School of Visual Arts MFA graduate Dax Morrison shows *Everything Between You and I *  @ Convenience Gallery, Toronto, ON: opens January 23, 2012


SoVA’s Victor Romao’s SOUTHWESTERN GOTHIC opens @ARTCITE this Friday, JAN 13 - artist in attendence (received his MFA at the School of Visual Arts / University of Windsor)


In 2011/12, the school welcomes a series of visiting artists in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Windsor who will do studio visits with our graduate students: The Alone + Together Speaker Series:

Jan. 13, 2012 DYLAN MINER, “History, Memory and Collaboration” Friday evening @ 7:00 pm in the Betty Wilkinson Room at the AGW

Jan. 21, 2012 discussion with KARN WILKEN, LUANNE MARTINEAU, JOHN KISSICK @ 12 noon at the AGW

Jan. 26, 2012 CATIE NEWALL, “New and Recent Work” Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm in room 115 (SoVA)

Feb. 9, 2012 discussion with LISE BEAUDRY, REENA KATZ, GINA BADGER moderated by SARAH BEVERIDGE Thursday evening @ 7:00 PM in the Betty Wilkinson Room at the AGW


MFA candidate Meghan Krauss shows in latest issue of Prefix Photo magazine and at the Saskatoon Public Library (on view from the 15th to the 29th of Dec., 2011).

Congratulations to Zeke MooresLong List 2011 Sobey Art Award (MFA Windsor graduate and current faculty member)


School of Visual Arts MFA candidate Owen Eric Wood’s short film included in WIFF (Windsor International Film Festival) * Wed. Nov. 9th, 2011 @ 7pm * Capitol Theatre (Windsor, ON)

MFA Thesis Exhibtions: April 9 - May 21, 2011


As founding members of the Noiseborder Ensemble, Sigi Torinus, Dr. Brent Lee and Dr. Nicholas Papador are working on a Canada Foundation for Innovation funded project, the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Laboratory (NMPL) at the University of Windsor, as well as the SSHRC-funded INTEGRATING SOUND AND IMAGE IN MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE research / creation project which includes two graduate research assistantships. This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to both participate in and  receive funding within an exciting project!


Amin Rheman, White Wash, April 9 - 16, SoVA Projects Gallery

  • Art + Economies/Make it Work: Creativity in the Great Recession: exhibition opening and panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Co-curated by Amanda White (MFA Candidate) and Mike Marcon.

  • Recent graduate, Victor Romao has been selected to participate in the Drawing Center’s “Viewing Program”, a registry of emerging artists.


  • Melanie Colisimo particiaptes in Nocturne 2011 in Halifax:
  • Amin Rheman opens solo exhibition, Loha Toar-Loha Khoar (May 2010) at the V.M. Art Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sigi Torinus, Associate Professor in Digital Media opened a travelling exhibtion, Browsing Beauty, a collaboration with German artist, Andrea Sunder-Plassman at the Chatham Art Gallery.  The exhibition also traveled to The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa) and the WKP Kennedy Gallery later on this year. The website details the various permutations of this collaboration as it has taken place over the last twelve years:
  • Dr. Jennifer Willet, Assistant Professor,  has been awarded a major three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Grant to set up INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology


  • MFA candiate Immony Men’s traveling exhibition, Effections: We Need to Talk opened at Gallery Connexion in Fredricton, NB last spring and has since traveled to Videographe in Montreal where it will run until November 29, 2009.
  • MFA candidates Justin Langlois and Victor Romao were represented in Nine Miles South of Eight Mile, the Art Gallery of Windsor’s 2009 Windsor Biennial which ran from April 17 - June 30, 2009.

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