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Ithaca College’s low-residency Image Text MFA is a unique program focused on the intersection of writing and photography.

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Students in our exploratory, flexible and innovative twenty-five month program will work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual month-long summer sessions in Ithaca, New York, and during two annual week-long winter sessions.

We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography, and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas, if not both.

Our October 29 session will feature faculty members Tonya M. Foster and Stephanie Barber and our December 10 session will feature faculty members Tonya M. Foster and Whitney Hubbs (bios below). Both sessions will be hosted by ITI program directors Catherine Talyor and Nicholas Muellner and current students and alum will be available for questions.

Tonya M. Foster: Raised in New Orleans, LA. She is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court, which critic Stephen Burt describes as “the long-delayed American apotheosis of haiku form.” A co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Foster’s work has been published in Best American Experimental Writing (2016), boundary2, Callaloo, MiPoesias, and elsewhere. Foster has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center, CUNY, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Pan African Literary Festival, and a 2020 Creative Capital Award. She is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature, and of Graduate Writing at California College of the Arts and has been named as one of the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chairs in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State, where she will begin in the fall of 2021.

Stephanie Barber: An American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor. Barber’s films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH. Her books Night Moves and these here separated… were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Barber is currently a resident artist at The Mt. Royal MFA for Interdisciplinary Art at MICA in Baltimore, MD

Whitney Hubbs: Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA > feminism and punk rock life mostly taking place in Portland, OR > BFA from CCA > work in San Francisco > MFA from UCLA > work in L.A. > solo shows at M+B in LA > group shows in NYC > book with Hesse Press > group show at the Getty Museum > Assistant Professor at Alfred University in western NY > turned 40 > upcoming book with Self Publish Be Happy and a show at Situations Gallery in NYC > learning to play the guitar.

Applications are due February 1, 2021 and are available at

Want more information about what the program offers and how to apply? Join us for one of our virtual information sessions where you will hear from the program directors, faculty, and students. The sessions will take place via Zoom on October 29 and December 10 at 6 pm ET.

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