SMU Meadows encourages students to explore the arts outside of the traditional classroom environment. The following opportunities are available to students in the Division of Arts.
New York Colloquium: During the New York Colloquium, students visit a range of museums, galleries, artists’ studios and other venues appropriate to the development of their critical and professional studies in art. Approximately 25 students participate each year, with at least half from the Division of Art, both graduate and undergraduate. The Colloquium forms the basis for contemporary art studies for our students, and provides exposure to the international art world as represented in New York.
SMU-in-Taos: The program at Fort Burgwin, Taos, N.M. offers several approaches to independent and directed study each summer, including the Open Media Workshop, an interdisciplinary studio workshop, as well as sculpture, printmaking and photography. Each course is for one month, in June, and offers the setting of an intensive studio residency. The Taos campus has basic studio spaces, including darkrooms and facilities for printmaking, as well as open studios and outdoor workspace for about 12 students within the “Art Barn.” The campus of 300 acres allows for considerable interaction with the environment, particularly though drawing, painting, and sculpture, including site-specific work. Students may pursue directed or independent curricula, depending on level, with little outside distraction from their studio investigations. The level of independence demanded, as well as the extended time available for independent investigations, has made the Taos program an important experience for our best students.
Study Abroad: A significant number of students engage in study abroad, whether through SMU-run programs or international programs through other universities.
SOMA Summer: Each year, SMU alumni and current students are welcome to apply to SOMA Summer, an eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics and art historians in Mexico City. For the student who is accepted, the SMU Division of Art will pay SOMA tuition and travel expenses.
ENSA Dijon: A graduating M.F.A. student is selected annually for a 4–6 week residency in Dijon, France, culminating in an exhibition.
Mercedes Benz Emerging Artist Award: A two-month residency is offered in Berlin every other year to a graduating art student or recent alum.