“MFA Now 2012″ @Root Division : SF : CA

John Felix Arnold III • Feb 11, 12 • Art, Events, mediaNo Comments
Root Division
3175 17th St (between South Van Ness & Shotwell) San Francisco, CA 94110 415.863.7668


Saturday, February 11, 2012 At 07:00 AM

ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday February 2012

MFA Now 2012 Juried Exhibition and Archive Project Release

 Concept / Organizers: Kari Marboe & Claire Colette

Exhibition Juror: Kevin B. Chen, Intersection for the Arts
Second Saturday Reception: February 11, 7-10pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Root Division presents MFA Now 2012, an archive project featuring over 140 Bay Area MFA Candidates and juried exhibition presenting nineteen of those artists’ work.

According to the US News and World Report survey from 2010, the Bay Area is home to six of the top one hundred MFA Programs in Visual Arts in the country: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
MFA Now is an unprecedented look at these artists and institutions with the aim of promoting dialogue and archiving current artmaking practices and models.

The MFA Now 2012 Archive, is an inclusionary publication of all eligible MFA candidates, set to be released in Feburary 2012 with a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by the organizers, Root Division, Juror, Kevin B. Chen, and MFA program professors. Designed by the Gold Collective, this printed archive will serve to navigate the contemporary moment in Bay Area MFA programs and find connections between the artists and institutions.

Juror, Kevin Chen, Program Director of Visual Arts, Intersection for the Arts, selected nineteen works from the submitted archive materials to be shown in Root Division’s gallery for the month of February. This Second Saturday event serves as an exhibition opening and release party for the archive project. Copies of the archive publication will be for sale at the exhibition opening or during business hours for $20.


Fatema Abdoolcarim
Ben Bigelow
Susanna Corcoran
Lise Currie
Christine Elfman
Arash Fayez
Sarah Frazier
Robert Gomez
Erin Johnson
Michael Koehle
Kate Nartker
billy ocallaghan
Kari Orvik
Simon Pyle
Michelle Ramin
Neil Rivas
Kent Rodriguez-Segura
Dawn Weleski
Margo Wolowiec

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 8 – February 25, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)

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