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Career development and professional practice skills are critical for artists and an integral part of the School of Art curricula.


The School of Art’s Semester Residency Program is a career development opportunity for graduate students. Focused on both the development of studio/creative practices and the essential professional skills required of today’s contemporary artist, the Semester Residency Program immerses students in national and internationally recognized arts centers, including Los Angeles (via the Turner Semester), London, and Florence.

Acting as a bridge between academic study and a career in the arts, the Semester Residency Program affords the experiences and opportunities that allow students to establish themselves and their work in relation to the field of contemporary art. Guided by resident faculty; studio visits with local artists, curators, and writers; and culminating in an exhibition, the Semester Residency Program enables graduates to make the often difficult transition to professional artist.

Marylyn Turner Klaus & Charles Klaus


Funded through a gift from VPA alumna and VPA Council member Marylyn Turner Klaus ’56 G’57, the Turner Semester is a residency program for a small cohort of M.F.A. students in VPA. The program allows the students to experience the arts of the West Coast and to live and work in San Pedro (the Los Angeles Harbor area) during the fall and spring semesters. Follow the Turner Semester on Facebook.


Funded through a gift from Marylyn Turner Klaus ’56, G’57 and her husband, Charles Klaus '07, the Ginsburg-Klaus Art in Los Angeles Week (also known as “Art in LA”) offers VPA M.F.A. students the opportunity to undertake an intensive investigation of art collections housed in the city’s most significant museums, as well as visit galleries and contemporary studios to hear from prominent artists, curators, and gallery owners, many of whom are accomplished SU alumni.


Visiting and resident artists and scholars are a wealth of professional knowledge, and you will have the opportunity to interact with them throughout your Syracuse education. In addition to the numerous visiting artist events in the School of Art and VPA, you can attend University LecturesSyracuse Symposium events, and more.

SU’s Career Services can serve as a resource for you. They can assist with your resume, LinkedIn profile, interviewing skills, or other job application materials and concerns.