GLAMFA, Greater Los Angeles MFA is a survey exhibition curated by graduate students at CSULB, California State University Long Beach. For the past 11 years we have looked at work from current MFA & MA students in the neighboring areas and designed a show that best represents the voice of the community. GLAMFA started as a response to CSULB being left out of the conversation. Long beach is a part of Los Angeles County, but is often forgotten; is more than capable of holding its own with other major players, while also maintaining its own style. We are very much the underdogs and proud of it. We are the longest running student organized exhibition of its kind in the Los Angeles area. Many have tried to copy our style, but have fizzled out in the end, because putting an event like this takes a lot of work, dedication and love. We are a tight knit community, and with each year of GLAMFA's continued success we grow stronger, because GLAMFA provides a venue that fosters community within CSULB and beyond.
GLAMFA accepts submissions from programs as far north as Santa Barbara, east as Las Vegas and south as San Diego, with everyone in between. For this year's exhibition we are showing work from; Art Center, CalArts, Claremont, CSUN, CSUSB, UCI, UCR, UCSB, UCSD, UNLV, USC School of Cinematic Arts. The exhibition will be held in the main galleries provided to us by the School of Fine Art in conjunction with the programs donating their gallery spaces to the show.
Each year CSULB open Studios run in conjunction with GLAMFA's opening night. Our school offers a wide variety of majors and each student participating in open studio has the opportunity to transform their studio into their own exhibition space in which visitors will be able to see works from, Art Education, Ceramics, Contemporary Painting, Fiber, Figurative Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photo, Printmaking, Metals, Sculpture/New Genres and Wood. This year we will also be housing a CSULB student exhibition curated by Michelle Joan Papillion, owner and curator of Papillion in one of the program's donated galleries.