The LSU School of Art awards highest MFA scholarships in the southern United States

In support of the opening of the newly renovated 75,000-square-foot Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex studio art buildings at Louisiana State University (LSU), the school has 15 new graduate positions to award to MFA students in all studio art areas. These include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture as well as digital art, graphic design and interdisciplinary practice. These 20-hour assistantships, funded at $23,000 per academic year (and with full tuition waivers), represent the highest scholarships available in the southern United States, rivaling some of the most prominent programs in the country.

MFA in Studio Arts students enjoy the opportunity to individualize their studio practice, allowing them to pursue their vision alongside an international faculty of professional working artists, designers, and scholars. The LSU School of Art offers individual and shared studies; opportunities to study abroad in Ireland, Italy, the UK and beyond; and exhibition spaces in our galleries and venues throughout the region.

The deadline for applications for the second call to the LSU School of Art is April 15. The review will begin immediately.

To learn more and apply today, visit

Known for exceptionally delicious food, a distinctively original creative culture and extraordinarily friendly people, Louisiana has something for everyone – especially artists, designers and scholars.

The high ground above the Mississippi River has a landscape, climate, history and culture uniquely suited to the artistic temperament. Here, students develop their talents and refine their vision in a setting that provides fertile ground and unlimited material for an active imagination. Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and serves as a base for exploring the region.

The Baton Rouge area has a semi-tropical climate that allows for year-round cultural festivals and activities with mild, short winters, stunning falls, and glorious springs. The regions of southern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Delta provide an invaluable resource for creative minds.

Louisiana has arguably one of the most colorful histories and fascinating cultures of any state in the United States. Where else can you visit the battlefield where a ragtag group of soldiers repelled a British invasion with the help of a notorious outlaw pirate? Visitors can find some of the most interesting parts of American history right here in Louisiana. The LSU Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and countless other museums, art galleries, and cultural/historic sites offer lifelong learning in Louisiana.

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