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MFAST features four full-time mentor faculty members for the Studio and Critical Studies components of the program.  Students work closely with their faculty mentor year-round to work through the development of their art practice.

In addition to the mentor faculty, a number of adjunct faculty members join MFAST during the summer session to provide instruction for both Professional Practice seminars and Technology for Artists tracks.


Zlata Baum

Zlata was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia where she lived until the age of twelve before moving with her family to New York City.

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Leah Cooper

Leah is a Baltimore based artist. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and is currently the Assistant Director of Academic Advising at MICA.

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Fabienne Lasserre

Educated at Concordia University in Montreal (B.F.A. 1996) and Columbia University, New York (M.F.A. 2004), Fabienne Lasserre lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. In 2019 she received Guggenheim Fellowship.

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John E. Penny

John Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States.

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