sfai news

May 25, 2010

SFAI Graduates Admitted to Prestigious Graduate Programs

Beginning in both the summer and the fall of 2010, students from SFAI’s graduating classes of 2009 and 2010 will enter a number of prestigious graduate programs or residencies at internationally renowned institutions—the CUNY Graduate Center, Parsons, the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, Skowhegan, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, and the Yale University School of Art.

Joining an eminent group of outstanding SFAI alumni filmmakers (including recent Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow), Sara Eliassen (MFA, Film, 2010) is one of two SFAI students accepted into the 2010 summer residency program at Skowhegan (Skowhegan, Maine). Upon completing her residency at Skowhegan, Eliassen will matriculate at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York City. Eliassen’s film Still Birds was screened at the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (it premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival during the 2009 Venice Biennial).

One of the first students to graduate from the History and Theory of Contemporary Art program in SFAI’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Jarrett Earnest (BA, History and Theory of Contemporary Art, 2009) will enter the PhD program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

From SFAI’s innovative New Genres Department, Kit Yi Wong (Post-Bac, New Genres, 2010) will enter the Yale University School of Art’s MFA program in Sculpture.

Rounding out the fall 2010 matriculations and adding to SFAI’s illustrious list of Painting Department alumni, Thomas Betthauser (BFA, Painting, 2010) will enter the Yale University School of Art’s MFA program in Painting; Carlos Castro Arias (MFA, Painting, 2010) will be headed to the 2010 summer residency program at Skowhegan; Steven Chapman (BFA, Painting, 2010) will enter the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Fine Arts program; Alicia DeBrincat (Post-Bac, Painting, 2009) will enter Parsons’s MFA Fine Arts program; Mi Ju (BFA, Painting, 2010) will enter the Pratt Institute MFA program; and Evan Nesbit (BFA, Painting, 2010) will enter the Yale University School of Art’s MFA program in Painting.