D. Myntia Daniels
Class of 2016
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Cincinnati, Ohio Brooklyn, NY

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Myntia Daniels was a dedicated gymnast. As she grew older she remained involved in athletics and earned varsity letters at Princeton High School in multiple sports. She continued cheerleading when she joined Ohio University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting in the spring of 2013. Her active lifestyle and athletic experiences, along with her interest in African American history have molded and inspired her artwork. She uses the body's internal structures to represent the beauty within, and to embrace the outer beauty of her figures. Myntia is passionate about the subject of beauty and her primary goal is to uplift and inspire. She believes that the most important quality for a woman to possess is her confidence and through her work she strives to uplift beauty in all its forms. She often focuses on external physical features such as skin complexion and hair texture, but combines them with images of their microscopic forms. This juxtaposition allows her to expose the body's most complex and amazing attributes in ways that reveal who we are as individuals.

D. Myntia Daniels, class of 2016

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
 
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
 
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters
 

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