Fine Arts Roundtable is a graduate student run organization. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and create positive discourse between the graduate students here at California State University Long Beach and surrounding Southern Californian Institutions. The students involved in GLAMFA understand the importance of the active role of the artist, finding creative and collaborative solutions in addressing social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. We understand that supporting our fellow students is critical to our success in gaining exposure, networking opportunities, and creating meaningful experiences. In honor of that spirit, FAR for the past fifteen years has hosted Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA) Exhibition at CSULB School of Art galleries.
GLAMFA is a week-long event hosted at the beginning of each academic year, in the first week of the Spring Semester for the past fifteen years. Along with the exhibition, we host CSULB Open Studios for our graduate students. CSULB Open Studios allows graduate students in all disciplines an opportunity to share their latest work and studio environment with community members, gallerists, curators, and other artists. During the main exhibition week, FAR organizes a small group show showcasing our graduates in one of our axillary galleries located in the newly renovated Student Success Center. We also organize a panel discussion with guest artists and curators located at the University Theater (UT-108). The Merlino Gallery is transformed into a shared resources room open to the public throughout the exhibition week. It is a place 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 the participating artists and current CSULB MFA students. The result is a comfortable space filled with literature and media spanning many viewpoints in the MFA program. It is our hope to gather visual artists and community members, foster personal and civic well being by inspiring understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, promote meaningful experiences in the arts to strengthen creative and critical thinking skills, and builds bridges between the visual arts and other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. The members of FAR are extremely grateful to the faculty, staff, and student volunteers for making GLAMFA an annual success!
Interested in volunteering for FAR? Follow us on social media for event details, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Club Officers:
Caitlin Canchola, President
Mirabel Wigon, Vice President
Jill Marriage – Treasurer
Briana Miyoko Stanley, Secretary