Fine Arts Roundtable
Dear Greater Los Angeles MFA’s,
As many of you are aware, the Fine Arts Roundtable (FAR), is a group of graduate students based at California State University, Long Beach whose goal is to bring together the incredible talent of MFA programs in the Southern California area to build a better, stronger community amongst them. As a part of these efforts, we host a week-long event at the start of every Spring semester which includes a gallery exhibition, called Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA), a Visiting Artists Panel, and CSULB Open Studio.
This exhibition, and related events, has been a CSULB tradition since 2005. GLAMFA is one of the largest student-conceived and organized events in both the CSULB School of Art and Southern California history. Since its conception, FAR members strive to create an exhibition which fosters community and bonding amongst MFA’s to create a memorable and fun experience. In the past, it has functioned as a juried survey of Southern California MFA students, or was alternatively focused on collaborative partnerships across institutions. This year’s exhibition will be open to both individual and collaborative works and proposals.
As per tradition, each year’s GLAMFA exhibition takes on a theme. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting stay-at-home orders, we believe it to be prudent to showcase the work made by Southern California MFA’s in confinement. We see this as an opportunity to highlight individual practices, with a particular focus on how MFA’s have been able to adapt to these circumstances. This year’s theme will be GLAMFA 2021: Social Distancing. We think it’s important to see how others have adapted and continue to be creative under these stifling constraints. This year, we are grateful to be able to continue GLAMFA and its auxiliary events: Open Studios 2021 and the Visiting Artists Panel.
Due to ever changing circumstances — including social distancing guidelines from the CSU and the State — all applicants should be prepared for GLAMFA to be an online exhibition this year. If this is the case, we will be hosting the exhibition and events through Tumblr, Zoom, or other online platforms. We will continue to give updates on the situation on this News Page! Please refer to the submission and eligibility requirements listed on the website for further details. We look forward to continuing this tradition of fostering a community of artists, even if we are unable to congregate in-person.
Fine Arts Roundtable