The Major Studio and Graduate Seminar classes comprise the core of each residency session and are staffed by four faculty members who conduct these classes in September and May of each academic year. The faculty rotate on a regular basis to ensure that a diverse and ever-changing range of critical and aesthetic perspectives are represented. The Major Studio advisors are an accomplished group of artist/educators with active careers as exhibiting artists and success as resident or visiting faculty.

The Graduate Seminar coordinators similarly possess diverse backgrounds as authors, critics, theoreticians, and curators; individuals who can address the assorted connections between theory, art history, and studio practice. These professionals, in concert with the visiting faculty replicate the diversity and changing nature of our contemporary art world. All are chosen for their knowledge of and commitment to contemporary practice along with their desire to engage others in serious discussion.


Vera Iliatova is a painter working in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Monya Rowe Gallery in NYC. She has had two solo exhibits at the Monya Rowe Gallery and her work also appeared in “Figuratively Seeing” at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA She was a Visiting Artist/Associate Professor of Painting at MassArt, and she previously taught at UC Davis, CA; University of New Hampshire; and Montecostello School of Art in Todi, Italy. In 2007 she was awarded a free Studio Space from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and she attended Skowhegan Artist Residency in 2004. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art, and her BA from Brandeis University and studied at the Sorbonne, Iliatova moved to the U.S. in 1991 at the age of 16 from St. Petersburg, Russia. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jim Peters' paintings, drawings, and mixed media constructions investigate and depict a domestic and yet ultimately imagined world. These works possess a lived-through sense - their history being apparent as is their provisional status. His work has been extensively exhibited throughout the US with numerous exhibitions in New York and the New England region. In addition, he has lectured widely on his own work at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brandeis University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, among other colleges. Jim is represented by the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge and the Art Strand Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Helen Miranda Wilson is a painter previously well-known for her small, detailed still-lives, portraits, serene landscapes and cloud- and land-scapes. In recent years, her focus has shifted to more abstracted images. Her current banded paintings contain rhythms and invoke other cultures and architectural motifs. Her work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions, and she has exhibited nationally. Helen is represented by the DC Moore Gallery in New York and the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts.


In each residency session, two to three visiting artists interact with the students during separate three-day visits. Additional visiting artists and art historians interact with students during the Graduate Seminar, a class that is staffed by a rotating group of artists and art historians. In combination, these interactions replicate the diversity and richness of the contemporary art scene.

The MFAWC Program has worked with many leading artists, critics, curators, and other art world professionals. Below are some of these visitors.

Polly Apfelbaum 
Gregory Amenoff 
Lasse Antonsen 
Mary Anderson 
Debra Bricker Balken 
Gerry Bergstein 
Jim Cambronne 
Maura Coughlin 
Susanna Coffey 
Deborah Dancy 
Nancy Davies 
Angela Dufresne 
Louise Fishman 
Julie Heffernan 
Mary Heilmann 
Sharon Horvath

Joel Janowitz 
Byron Kim 
Jennifer Liese 
Joan Nelson 
Thomas Noskowski 
Sheila Pepe 
Marjorie Portnow 
Evelyn Rydz 
Paul Stopforth 
Joan Snyder 
Mira Schor 
Susan Stoops 
Paul Stopforth 
Roger Tibbetts 
Vicky Tomayko