Elan Jurado
Class of 2012
Black Spew still from video, 2010, dimensions variable
Black Spew
still from video, 2010, dimensions variable
The human body and mind is a machine, an organic machine. Like all machines, the body and mind have tasks they excel at and tasks that are beyond or eventually become beyond their abilities. And as a multitude of external and internal variables present themselves, the body and mind will continually strive to accomplish their objectives. Either performed live or documented by video, this organic machine will strive until the point of success or complete failure.
Elan Jurado, class of 2012

The MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Our main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

The MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support. 

MFA Fine Arts Stories

  • SVA MFA Fine Arts 2018 MFA candidate Alicia Smith on what it's like to make visonary art with the support and critical feedback of SVA faculty.

  • Follow class of 2017 SVA MFA Fine Arts alumna Aya Rodriguez-Izumi through the stages of making her work, from field research to the studio visit.

  • SVA MFA Fine Arts faculty member Jasmine Wahi on her teaching philosophy.