The School of Art, Design and Art History offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Arts in Art Education, Art History or Studio Art. The Master of Arts degree in art history is NOT ACCEPTING applications at this time.


Fall Semester and Summer Session: February 15
Spring Semester: October 15


All graduate applications to the School of Art, Design and Art History are made through the JMU Graduate School’s website. To begin your application please visit the JMU Graduate College website, select “For Prospective Students” and then follow the instructions after selecting the “Apply Now” button.

The on-line application process requires official transcripts from all previously attended institutions, an artist statement, a brief statement of purpose, a portfolio of between 10-15 works of art, and three letters of reference. You will be provided a link within the Graduate School application to submit documents electronically, including your portfolio and letters of references. If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, please complete the online assistantship application form.

Contact the Program Directors

M.F.A. and M.A. in Studio Art
Cole Welter,
Professor of Art and Graduate Program Director
welterch@jmu.edu 540.568.6322

M.A. in Art Education
Karin Tollefson-Hall, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Art Education Graduate Program Director
tollefkl@jmu.edu 540.568.4304


Dr. Aderonke Adesanya Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D.,M.A. University of Ibadan, Nigeria; B.A. Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
adesanaa@jmu.edu 540-568-3486

Dr. Sarah Brooks Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D., M.A. Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; B.A. Art History, Dartmouth College
brooksst@jmu.edu 540-568-6642

Sukjin Choi Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A and B.F.A.E. Womans University in Seoul, Korea
choi3sx@jmu.edu 540.568.6370

Corinne Diop Professor of Art
M.F.A. University of Washington; B.S. James Madison University
diopcj@jmu.edu 540.568.6485


Dr. David Ehrenpreis Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., M.A. Boston University; B.A. Foreign Languages, Hamilton College
ehrenpdh@jmu.edu 540.568.2527

Gary Freeburg Gallery Director
M.F.A. University of Iowa, M.A. Minnesota State University Mankato, B.F.A. Minnesota State University Mankato
freebugl@jmu.edu 540.568.6407/6918

Dr. Linda Halpern Professor of Art History
Ph.D., M.A. Yale University, B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
halperlc@jmu.edu 540.568.2852

Jesse Harrod Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; B.F.A. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University

Dr. Laura Katzman Associate Professor of Art History
M.A., MPhil and PhD Art History, Yale University;
B.A. Fine Arts, New York University
katzmalr@jmu.edu 540.568.6372

Dr. John Ott Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., M.A. University of California Los Angeles; B.A. Stanford University
ottjw@jmu.edu 540.568.6319

Mark Rooker Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A., B.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
rookermd@jmu.edu 540.568.6410

Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz Professor of Art and Art Education
Ph.D. University of Arizona; M.S. Florida State University; B.S. Radford University
schwarka@jmu.edu 540.568.6464

Rebecca Silberman Assistant Professor of Art
M.F.A. Bowling Green State University; B.F.A. Longwood University
silberra@jmu.edu 540.568.6335

Kathryn Stevens Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A. James Madison University;
B.S. Anthropology, James Madison University
stevenke@jmu.edu 540.568.6934

Greg Stewart Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A. Ohio University; B.F.A. State University of New York at Brockport
stewargk@jmu.edu 540.568.6816


Kenneth Szmagaj Professor of Art
M.F.A. M.A. The University of Iowa; B.F.A. Wayne State University
szmagaka@jmu.edu 540.568.6312

Allyson Taylor Assistant Professor of Studio Art
M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.F.A. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
taylorac@jmu.edu 540.568.3859

Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall Assistant Professor of Art and Art Education
Ph.D. The University of Iowa, Iowa City; M.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City; B.A. The University of Iowa
tollefkl@jmu.edu 540.568.4304

Dr. Roger Tomhave Associate Professor of Art and Art Education
Ph.D, M.A. The University of Minnesota; B.S.E., University of Wisconsin-River Falls
tomhavrd@jmu.edu 540.568.6219

Lisa Tubach Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A. Michigan State University, B.A. Macalester College, Certificate in Digital Video, New York University
tubachlm@jmu.edu 540.568.3856

Cole Welter Professor of Art
Ph.D. Texas Tech University; M.F.A. The University of Texas at Austin;
B.F.A. with Honors The University of Texas at Austin
welterch@jmu.edu 540.568.6216

Dr. William Wightman Professor of Art and Art Education, Director of Schoo of Art, Design & Art History
Ph.D. The Ohio State University; M.F.A. Radford University; B.A. Virginia Wesleyan College
wightmwh@jmu.edu 540.568.6216

Susan Zurbrigg Associate Professor of Art
M.F.A. Indiana University; B.A. Bard College
zurbrisd@jmu.edu 540.568.3203


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The Encore Series is an annual program sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts that seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the greater university community. The School of Art, Design and Art History participates through the exhibition and public lectures of major figures in contemporary art. Past participants in the Encore Series have included:

Robert Arneson, Seymour Chwast, Chuck Close, Lesley Dill, Milton Glaser, Red Grooms, Image, Phil Meggs, Elizabeth Murray, Philip Pearlstein, Faith Ringgold, Image, Leslie Saar, Image, Raymond Saunders, Image, Peter Saul, Miriam Schapiro, Sandy Skoglund, Alan Shields, Jerry Uelsmann, William T. Wiley


Each academic year the endowed Dorothy Liskey Wampler Emminent Art Professorship brings to campus a varied program of distinguished visiting artists, scholars, and critics. Past Wampler Professors have traveled to JMU from around the world, and have included:

Perry Bard, Bio, Dr. Terry Barrett, Carol Barton, Bio, Xu Bing, Dr. Suzanne Blier, Pamela Blotner, Dr. B. Stephen Carpenter II, Barbara Cooper, Arthur Danto, Dr. Leah Dickerman, Bob Ebendorf, John Foster, Suzi Gablik, Dr. W. Dwaine Greer, Dr. Fredrika Jacobs, Ivan Karp , Donald Kuspit, Rainer Goetz, Bio, Stefan Graupner, Bio, Eve Laramee, Bio, Anthony Lee, Susan Leopold, Bio, Lucy Lippard, Dr. Amy Lyford, Peter Plagens, Earl A. Powell III, J. Morgan Puett, Rosamond Purcell, Lawrence Rinder, Dr. Renee Sandell , Dr. Kirk Savage, Salvatore Scalora, Bio, Sam Shelton, Roy Sieber, Bio, Paul Vanouse, Bill Viola, above, Bio, Richard Wilson, James Wines, Amy Yoes

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