Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA) is hosted and organized by current MFA students and members of Fine Arts Roundtable (FAR) at CSU Long Beach. GLAMFA is one of the largest student-conceived and organized art events in both the CSULB School of Art and in Southern California history, and has been an annual tradition since 2005. In the past, it has functioned as a juried survey of Southern California MFA students. From 2018 to 2020, FAR was inspired to move beyond a juried “Best of Show” presentation, and instead create a conversation among Southern California MFA students and our practices. Due to the unprecedented moment we face both nationally and statewide, we believe it is vital to be more expansive and inclusive. As a result, we want to invite students from the entire state of California to participate in this year’s iteration, CAMFA (California Master of Fine Arts) by GLAMFA.
Please go to our submission page for more details: SUBMISSION 2021
GLAMFA is a week-long event hosted at the beginning of the Spring Semester. In prior years, GLAMFA has hosted the works of MFA students from UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Arts, Otis, Claremont, USC, CSU Northridge, ArtCenter College of Design, Laguna Collage of Art and Design, and UC San Diego. Along with the exhibition, FAR hosts Open Studios for CSULB graduates, a small group show showcasing our graduates in one of our axillary galleries, and invites guest artists and curators for a panel discussion. The topics of the panel discussions range from – but are not limited to – artistic practices, research, collaboration and curatorial practices. Typically, one of our gallery spaces is transformed into a shared resources room, where we share printed material such as readings (theory, poetry, essays, etc.), and audio and visual material (podcasts, recorded lectures, film) that have fed the practice of participating artists. We hope to provide a space to explore and share knowledge that gives insight into the many Southern Californian MFA programs and their differing theoretical approaches to art making. This year we will provide a space on our website to share materials and resources. Please follow link: RESOURCE ROOM
We hope to receive a range of work that will exemplify the diverse practices of current California MFA students and highlight the varied approaches of individuals and institutions. This year’s theme is CAMFA: Social Distancing. Please note that the work does not have to directly correlate with the theme Social Distancing. We welcome collaborative working, stand-alone pieces, and full installations.We hope that FAR continues the GLAMFA tradition for many years to come, so please join us for CAMFA 2021: Social Distancing.