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Coursework in the studio discipline is structured to meet your needs whenever possible while maintaining a strong academic foundation. You'll work closely with both your instruction faculty and Master's Committee to develop a focused body of artworks designed to assist you in your pursuit of a terminal degree program in art or other professional aspirations. Every year, the Department of Art and Tarble Arts Center bring a series of visiting artists to campus; you will have the opportunity to interact with many of the visiting artists through individual or group graduate critiques.

Close Personal Connections

Daniel Stumeier

The Master of Arts in Art program at Eastern Illinois University provided me the opportunity to work in a focused studio environment over the course of an academic year ... Read More


Margaret Crowley: Challenged by Art Department

Margaret Crowley

My time at Eastern Illinois University was short, but proved to be incredibly important in illuminating the direction of my future. My experience was shaped mainly by the faculty, but was also strongly influenced by my peers and my space at Burl Ives Studios ... Read More




Hannah Freeman

Hannah Freeman in the Burl Ives studio

"My favorite thing about painting is to just be in my own little world, doing my own thing and I don't have to worry about all this fast paced society rushing past us," Freeman said. "I can just come in here and not worry about anything. Zone out. Do my thing." Read More


As a graduate student, you will have 24/7 access to the art department studio facilities. The Department of Art facilities include:

  • The Ives Studio Hall, a building with private studios for graduate students and faculty as well as a large critique gallery.
  • The Doudna Fine Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performance and teaching complex for the departments of Art, Music and Theatre Arts.
  • Instructional spaces for the Department of Art, including well-equipped studio labs for printmaking, painting, drawing, jewelry/metalsmithing, ceramics and sculpture.

The art department is further complemented by the Tarble Arts Center, a major regional art center. MA in Art candidates will present an exhibition of artwork done during the academic year at the Tarble Arts Center.

Burl Ives Studio


Smith Leverages Facilities to Develop as Artist

Chad D. Smith

The time I spent at Eastern Illinois University’s Master of Arts in Art program is invaluable. I am currently the director at Linda Warren Projects gallery and a working artist in Chicago ... Read More



Achieve Your Goals

Frankie Flood

Eastern graduate Frankie Flood now teaches at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Graduates of the program have gone on to leading MFA programs, including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Boston University, University of Chicago Claremont University, University of Notre Dame, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madision, and the Royal College of Art in London.

Justin Miller Exhibits His Paintings at Tarble Arts Center

Justin Miller’s time at EIU left an indelible mark on his life as an artist, which is why he was so excited when he was asked to display his painting collection this fall at Tarble Arts Center ... Read More


Tim Zercie's EIU Experience Leads to Royal College of Arts in London

Tim Zercie

"My personal experience was five months of thorough experimentation, three months of completing realized projects for the final MA exhibition." ... Read More