Caroline Villard
Class of 2017
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Stockholm, Sweden New York, NY
I was born in Stockholm, and wanted to be Walt Disney when I grew up. I attended Beckman’s College of Art and Design and have since worked in northern Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York.
 
My work, which has been sold at Colette, in Paris and Stockholm’s National Museum among others, sits between art and design. It includes a bed, based on a dream about falling asleep in a lump of dough; an umbrella based on a hunting rifle; a line of kitchen products developed for small apartments; and jewelry, including a necklace which replaces pearls with tiny porcelain teeth.
<div>I began my career as a product designer, in Sweden, but quickly found that the things I enjoyed the most about creating objects was the incentive behind them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since childhood I have been inspired by trapdoors and hidden doors. They have an obvious physical function, open and close, but hidden they reach beyond their physical form representing something more, magical or unknown. I am intrigued by those short-circuit moments where function and intent collide. A sort of uncomfortable harmony of joy and fear, invigorating and soothing at the same time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My recent projects focus on this within the veneer of civilization.</div>
Caroline Villard, class of 2017

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
 
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
 
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters
 

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