Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar Joins Umass Dartmouth Mfa Fine Arts Program

Dartmouth, MA-Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship student Jacquelyn M. Singer (New Columbia, PA) has joined the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) program, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She previously attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), where she earned a B.F.A. in painting.

JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION SCHOLAR JOINS UMASS DARTMOUTH MFA FINE ARTS PROGRAM 

Dartmouth, MA—Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship student Jacquelyn M. Singer (New Columbia, PA) has joined the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) program, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She previously attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), where she earned a B.F.A. in painting. 

Singer hopes to one day take her work to people who otherwise would not experience art and feels that "civic and professional duties are important to any individual who contributes to the development of society." She fulfills that duty by serving on councils and boards linked to the arts, education, medical, and law professions, as well as through volunteering. 

"Acquiring more knowledge in this field will enable me to be more active in the arts and my surrounding community," she stated. "I want to extend my involvement in the arts past the walls of my college institution and into the greater public to make art more accessible to others who do not have art in their day-to-day lives." 

This year, 43 graduate students received Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships to study in a wide range of fields, including medicine, law, philosophy, painting and architecture, as well as other specialties in the social sciences, natural sciences, arts, and humanities. 

Former UMass Dartmouth student John St. Croix was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship in 2003 to complete a master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Awards are decided on a basis of academic performance, potential to contribute to the field of study, determination, volunteer service, leadership, and involvement in the arts and humanities. For more information about the scholarship program, visit www.jackkentcookefoundation.org. 

According to CVPA Dean John Laughton, “The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MFA program prepares students for a professional commitment to their art. The goals of the program focus on working towards the evolution of a personal voice, acquiring historical knowledge and understanding of the art of various societies, and developing critical skills in looking at art and discussing aesthetic issues.” 

Graduates are prepared for numerous career choices within their respective disciplines. Students who complete the program have developed a clarity of thinking and a process of personal expression that will allow them to assume the role, in society, of artist as practitioner, artist as educator, and artist as interpreter of their times. 

For more information about the UMass MFA Fine Arts program, visit http://www.umassd.edu/cvpa/grad_degrees.html. 


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