Emily Langmade
Class of 2013
Hair 2012, strands of hair on wall, dimensions variable
2012, strands of hair on wall, dimensions variable
<p>When I was little I used to think about the 'voice' my brain has, and wonder about other people's mental voices. I used to wonder if other people thought in words or sentences; did they think in the language they spoke? Or did they think in images? Would I need a translator to understand someone's thoughts if we didn't speak the same language? I used to try to catch a thought before I could turn it into words, which has proved almost impossible; by the time it's realized, there are words or images associated with it. I capture and share snippets of my own pure thoughts.<p>While this idea of sharing experiences and thoughts is the overarching theme of my work, I have many motives for making individual pieces: from experimentation with materials, to commenting on an experience, to illustrating a reaction or making a statement. Everything I make has its roots in my own experience and usually I deal with one theme at a time. This simple structure can speak directly to a viewer and often resonate profoundly at an honest and intimate level.
Emily Langmade, class of 2013

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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