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Art Department

Develop your art, develop your self

You don’t have to suffer to create great art. That’s why Maharishi International University’s art programs support creativity through focused art training and personal growth without the stress of a traditional arts education.

In our art department programs, you will:

  • Unlock your creativity with the Transcendental Meditation® technique, a scientifically validated meditation technique that reduces stress and supports self-development
  • Pursue one full-time course per month, follow a healthy daily routine, and experience fulfilling and sustainable studio practice
  • Grow in awareness and creativity with personal attention from experienced artists and inspired fellow students

Create art without stress

unity-gallery-imageWe teach art in a friendly, low-stress atmosphere that enhances creativity and supports students rather than burning them out.

Instead of juggling multiple classes and pulling studio all-nighters, you’ll take only one full time-course per month. When you take studio classes, you’ll be in the studio all day, every day without the distraction of other courses.

Transcendental Meditation and a healthy lifestyle

As a student at MIU, you’ll practice Transcendental Meditation daily. This technique has been proven to reduce stress, enhance clarity of mind, and improve overall health. In addition, you’ll enjoy organic vegetarian meals, single dorm rooms, and a healthy routine.

Through this holistic approach to self-development, you’ll learn how to dive within yourself, access your inner reservoir of creativity, and create art on a whole new level.

Small classes, supportive faculty

At MIU, learning takes place in small classes—usually about 12 students per faculty member. Each student receives personalized attention, feedback, and support. Our faculty will help you achieve your goals in class, build your portfolio, gain internships, and get accepted to graduate school, a pathway to a career in art.

The MIU Art Faculty “are strong, teach to their strengths, and give the students superb and supportive instruction. Students, in general, seem involved and eager. The work produced in the classes I saw was on a par with similar classes at other institutions.” —Laurel Farrin, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, visiting reviewer of the MIU Art Department

Graduate success

Recent graduates of our department have been admitted to top-ranked graduate programs such as the Cranbrook Academy of the Arts, the University of Iowa painting program, and the University of California at Davis ceramics program. The two students featured below received full scholarships and paid teaching assistantships.

art-hilary-nelsonHilary Nelson was awarded the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship for a graduate student in Painting at the University of Iowa (includes tuition scholarship and $9,000 a year). “My time studying art at MIU created a strong foundation that I pull from continuously. The professors were so inspiring and supportive and their guidance allowed me to go deep into my work and move forward from that level. While at graduate school I think I have been grounded while flexible, and I attribute this largely to my MIU education.”

art-alex-gabrielAlex Gabriel is a BFA alumnus and currently a graduate student in Art at the University of Iowa. “In the MA in Art when we talk about ideas of aesthetic theory like “moments of being.” I can understand them in terms of my own experience of transcending in Transcendental Meditation. I learned at the strategy of approaching things holistically at MIU, which has helped me connect ideas from class to my studio work. The several months I worked in a self-directed studio guided by MIU faculty has helped me feel at home in my studio, be self-motivated, and know-how to move through projects with greater ease.”

Creative community

You’ll network with members of MIU’s global artistic community. Well-known artists and critics who have visited our university include Agnes Martin, Rudolf Arnheim, Jack Burnham, Jack Tworkov, Suzi Gablik, Thomas McEvilley, Doug Beube, Jane Gilmor, John Duff, Laurel Farrin, John Dilg, and Susan Chrysler White.

You’ll also experience Fairfield’s vibrant arts scene, which includes art galleries, monthly Art Walks, a performing and visual arts center, opportunities for internships, and more.

“I am very impressed with the quality of the program and the work produced by the students. MIU’s Consciousness-Based Art education with the Transcendental Meditation technique to develop creativity and focus, personalized studio instruction, and one course at a time is a unique and enriching experience for future artists.” —Isabel Barbuzza, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Art, University of Iowa, visiting reviewer of the MIU Art Department

Faculty profile: Jim Shrosbree


Jim Shrosbree is a Professor of Art at MIU. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous universities and art schools around the country, with his work having been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council and the Idaho Arts and Humanities Commission. He has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, and the NY and Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, Maine. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States in various museum collections, including exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu Museum of Contemporary Art, Mint Museum of Art, and University of Iowa Museum of Art.