A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

Martha McDonald
Senior Lecturer MFA, Monash University
BA, Pennsylvania State University
Martha McDonald has taught the Master’s Thesis Writing Seminar in the UArts MFA Book Arts + Printmaking program as well as Performative Gestures and The Artist Book at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. McDonald has also appeared as a guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Ballarat University (all in Melbourne), University of Delaware and Maryland Institute College of Art. McDonald was a newspaper and magazine reporter for eight years and for the past 12 years has written grant proposals, newsletters and journal articles. She was a special programs instructor for the University of Pennsylvania Fundraising Certificate Program. McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects that are activated through gestures of making and unmaking, singing and autobiographical narrative. McDonald's practice often focuses on site-specific "interventions" in historic house museums, libraries and gardens where she develops a performative response to the site and its collection. Her work has been produced in Berlin at Brotfabrik; in Melbourne at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Craft Victoria and the Substation; in Sydney at Elizabeth Bay House; in New York at P.S. 122, The Joyce SoHo, HERE Center for the Arts and Galapagos Arts Space; in San Francisco at Theatre of Yugen; and in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Painted Bride Art Center, The Prince Music Theater and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. She was selected for artist residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Evergreen Museum & Library (Johns Hopkins University) and The Rosenbach Museum & Library. She received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Independence Foundation. Her work is featured in Textiles: The Art of Mankind (Thames & Hudson, 2012). Website