CAMFA by GLAMFA 2021: Social Distancing

The members of Fine Arts Roundtable (FAR) and Graduate students at CSULB have hosted the Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA) Exhibition since 2005. GLAMFA is one of the largest student-conceived and organized events in both the CSULB School of Art and Southern California history. Our goal is to foster a sense of community and kinship amongst the many MFA programs in Southern California. In years past, it has functioned as a juried survey of Southern California MFA students and as an exhibition focusing on collaborative partnerships – and this year’s exhibition will be open to individual or collaborative works or proposals.

Traditionally, each year’s GLAMFA exhibition takes on a specific theme. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting stay-at-home orders, we would like to showcase the work of Southern California MFA’s made in confinement. 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 exhibition as we rename our show CAMFA (California Master of Fine Arts) by GLAMFA. This year’s goal is driven by an effort to showcase MFA students’ work made in confinement and/or responding to the pressing issues we are confronting, such as civil unrest, economic crisis, intense political climate towards the presidential election, devastating fires, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme is CAMFA 2021: Social Distancing against all the odds we still create.

If you are interested in being a part of our January 2021, CAMFA 2021: Social Distancing exhibition, please follow the link provided below.

You will be asked to provide the following: 

  • Personal contact information
  • The institution you attend and your graduation year
  • Please include a brief paragraph describing your current work/practice. You may include: List artists or movements you respond to or are interested in, themes that you explore, or unique techniques employed.
  • Images of up to 3 pieces (3 primary images, and up to 3 detail images of each work). This is a formal submission, please send final .jpgs as you wish the work to be seen in the event of an online exhibition (.jpg or .png @ 300 pixels on the long edge).
  • Links to your artist website/social media.

Alternatively, we will accept a small number of detailed project proposals – though completed works will be given preference. 

We hope to receive a range of work that will exemplify the diverse practices of Southern California MFA students and highlight the varied approaches of individuals and institutions. 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 are looking for unique processes or conceptual work that can be exhibited online in a digital format or in one of our several galleries spaces during the exhibition time. However, in the event of an in-person showcase, we can only accept a limited number of video works.

If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below and supply the requested information!