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. This year’s theme is GLAMFA 2021: Social Distancing. Given that each of us has been affected by the closure of campuses, loss of studio space, and lack of in-person instruction, we believe that it is critical to highlight the ability of our peers to overcome obstacles and make art in a time of unrest.
If you are interested in being a part of our January 2021, GLAMFA: 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 an online exhibition (.jpg or .png @ 300 pixels on the long edge).
Alternatively, we will accept a small number of detailed project proposals – though completed works will be given preference.
- Links to your artist website/social media.
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.
If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below and supply the requested information!
INFORMATION ON THE RESOURCE ROOM:
Each year, we host a shared resource room for gallery visitors to get acquainted with the materials that inspire GLAMFA artists. Typically, we convert one of our smallest galleries into a space designed to share printed material such as readings (theory, poetry, anything!), audio, visual material (podcasts, recorded lectures, film), or anything else that has fed participants’ practices and may be beneficial for your contemporaries. It’s likely that our schools have theoretical approaches that differ to some degree, and we’d like to provide a space to explore and share that knowledge. We plan to continue this tradition online as a shared public resource page on our website. This page will contain links to public access videos, podcasts, booklists, etc. This is open to MFA’s that are participants in the exhibition and those that aren’t. We highly encourage CSULB grads to contribute! Please note that all participants will be asked to contribute at least 3 sources. Collection is open now and will be closed January 5, 2021.
TENTATIVE DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST.
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE IS MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST at 11:59pm and selected applicants will be notified no later than September 30th.
Instagram Spotlight: January 19th-27th.
Zoom Exhibition Reception will occur Sunday, January 24th. Along with GLAMFA & OPEN STUDIOS Tumblr reveals.
CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE: YOU AGREE TO PARTICIPATE IN A ONLINE EVENT. BY DOING SO YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO HAVE YOUR WORK LINKED FROM THE GLAMFA WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, AS WELL AS PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE ZOOM EVENTS.
IF ACCEPTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FOLLOW-UP EMAIL. This email will ask for the following: artist’s statement, submissions for reading room, confirmation that information received is correct. Once we have participants secured, we will have have periodic contact regarding updates or further questions.