Graduate Admissions

Illya Mousavijad

MFA'21

Hometown: Isfahan, Iran
Education Background: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

How did you get interested in your field?
My engagement with art began with a fascination for formal and conceptual aspects of drawing and painting. The meaning of images and the practice of visualizing.

What was your background prior to coming to Penn?
I studied painting and pursued a studio based practice. 

Why did you choose Penn?
Several factors were involved. Throughout the past 5 years of my study at PAFA, I had met and friended several incredible people at UPenn, including faculty and students. I had attended numerous events, lectures, crits, exhibitions at the school of design, Middle Eastern center, and occasionally some of the other schools.  I became familiar with UPenn in general more than any other university.  Moreover, my studio practice shifted from traditional fine arts to media and animation art. I had an introduction to the work of Joshua Mosley a few years ago and very much wished to work with him. I was very much lucky to get accepted to nearly all the programs I had applied to, however the combination of geography, funding, and the quality of the programs differed. I needed money, preferred to stay on the east coast in proximity to nyc, and needed the right mentors. Among all other options, UPenn had the best faculty for me, great resources, and the right geography.

What do you like best about Philadelphia?
I like that it is quite a resourceful, yet manageable city. It is affordable, has some considerable diversity, and is in proximity to NYC and other major cities on the East Coast.

What kinds of activities and/or organizations are you involved in?
I founded an art school in NYC with a couple of my musician friends last year.

What are your career ambitions?
I would like to expand my my studio practice and teaching in NYC.