Why IDSVA?

Why IDSVA?

More and more artists are coming to realize the importance of theory and philosophy in today’s art world.

IDSVA’s pioneering curriculum—fusing distance learning with intensive residencies—allows working art professionals to pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without having to interrupt or abandon their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities.

Low Residency

IDSVA has been pioneering and refining blended education since 2007. Online coursework and independent studies are pursued through the fall and spring semesters, via live video conference seminars, one-on-one phone calls, and asynchronous discussions. Summer and Winter intensive residencies in places like Mexico City, Madrid, and Marrakech alternate with online seminars and give IDSVA students a graduate education experience like no other.  

Global Learning

The IDSVA experience is centered on Global Learning. IDSVA students see and feel and touch the ever-changing and deeply intertwined relations between the history of ideas and the history of visual culture. 

During the three-year course of study, students complete six residencies, traveling from one historic site to another. Residencies last from one to four weeks.

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The IDSVA Community

What may be most surprising about IDSVA is the strong sense of community, despite the fact that IDSVA is largely a distance-learning program. The intensive residencies are designed to enhance a sense of communal belonging among members of a cohort and their faculty. The shared meals, museum visits, and travels together forge a bond that carries over into the virtual seminars and discussions of the online semesters. 

A Vision for the Future

There is a strong sense among today’s artists and educators that training beyond the MFA and similar degrees would benefit many artists, architects, curators, and creative scholars, especially those who grapple with issues surrounding contemporary media and culture.

Aside from the practicality of skillsets, credentials, and jobs, the “why now” and “why IDSVA” question has to be addressed historically. There is little debate that we are now living in a globalized world. What does that mean as regards our education systems? What are we doing to change those systems—most of them still based on old paradigms? What are we doing to prepare our students for a future that has long since arrived?

One ventures to say that offering a PhD in studio practice or a PhD in theory and philosophy for visual artists is not in itself an adequate answer. As a matter of social responsibility, authentically new PhD programs—and institutions—will reflect our new reality.

For IDSVA, the question is, if we are training our students to see the PhD in philosophy and theory as a transformative crossing toward their shared desire to become artist-philosophers, what responsibilities must they anticipate, what responsibilities must we prepare them for? One of those responsibilities, as we see it, is the responsibility of leadership.

It follows, therefore, that IDSVA has to demonstrate its ability to lead as an institution. In other words, if the medium is the message, then we have to design our structure, our systems and programs, our course of study and syllabi, toward the future.

As a decentralized and indeed de-territorialized institution, IDSVA offers a low-residency, distance-learning PhD program that allows working professionals to keep their faculty posts and curatorial positions and allows them to maintain their family and community obligations.

This is to say that IDSVA students learn from wherever they live and work, travel the world to learn from different cultures and histories and from leading scholars and artists who live and work around the world. At home and in their travels, IDSVA students complete a rigorous course of study centered on the ever-increasing importance of interdisciplinary knowledge. They pursue this experiential education and write a dissertation as members of the world’s first PhD program in philosophy designed especially for visual artists. These are IDSVA’s main themes as an institutional medium.

The message IDSVA delivers, we hope, is a vision of the future. If IDSVA students see themselves as participants in history as opposed to observers of history—and most of them do—that is because they are part of an institution that is shaping the future: the future of global education, the future of philosophy and art, the future of life.

“My experience with IDSVA is one that is larger than words. It has been an all-encompassing, full-bodied, full-minded experience. It has taken me beyond anything I thought I could do as a human being.”

Dr. Kalia Brooks, IDSVA PhD ’17
Mellon Project Director in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) at Columbia University.

Recent Achievements

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January 6, 2022

Rowynn Dumont

GHETTO BIENNALE 2022, Exhibiting Artist, representing the United States "SWEN MOUN | HEAL PEOPLE."

December 9, 2021

Ana Fernandez Miranda Texidor

Group Exhibition Participation: "Un jardín nuestro (A garden of our own)" at the Museo de los Metales, Cuenca-Ecuador.

November 25, 2021

Jean Bundy

Appointed as the Awards chair for the AICa-International 3rd Congress in Paris, France.

November 1, 2021

Jason Hoelscher

Forthcoming Book Publication: Art as Information Ecology: Artworks, Artworlds, and Complex Systems Aesthetics by Duke University Press.

November 1, 2021

Michael R. Smith

Forthcoming Book Publication: Wittgenstein and the Problem of Metaphysics: Aesthetics, Ethics and Subjectivity by Bloomsbury Press.

October 26, 2021

Rikiesha Metzger

Participated in the Virtual "Meet the Artists" Event for "Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World!" at Oakton Community College.

October 20, 2021

Rikiesha Metzger

Was selected to co-chair the panel ""Mothering as a Work of Art" at the 2021 SECAC Conference.

October 8, 2021

Carolyn Jean Martin

Presented "Becoming Monumental: The Contemporary State of Black Female Subjectivity" at the virtual conference: Art, Access and Agency-Art Sites of Enabling.

October 8, 2021

Margaret Coleman

Presented "From the Ground Up, Seeking Creative Commons" at the virtual conference: Art, Access and Agency-Art Sites of Enabling.

October 4, 2021

Hazel Antaramian-Hofman

Solo Exhibition: "Imaginary Letters to Vasily Grossman, Post-WWII Repatriation to Soviet Armenia" at the Festival TransCaucases (INALCO) Paris, France