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Three DANM students included in MFA NOW 2017

A biennial juried exhibition and archive publication from Root Division featuring the works of MFA candidates at 9 of the top Bay Area institutions.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:00am to Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:00am
Root Division, 1131 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Jurors: Natalia Mount, Executive Director, ProArts

2nd Sat Reception: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Gallery Hours (or by appointment): Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Simon Boas (DANM '18), Marguerite Kalhor (DANM '17) and Scott Tooby (DANM '17) are included in this year's MFA NOW exhibition, now showing at Root Division in San Francisco. This is the first time that UCSC students have been included in MFA NOW, a "biennial juried exhibition and archive publication featuring the works of MFA candidates at 9 of the top Bay Area institutions."

from the MFA NOW 2017 website:

Now in it’s fifth iteration, the MFA Now project provides a platform for looking at Bay Area artists and institutions in order to promote dialogue between programs and to archive current art-making practices and models.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of twenty five artists selected by juror Natalia Mount (Executive Director, ProArts Oakland). Selected from over 153 submissions based on a single image and artist statement, the works included in this exhibition display a quality of content and execution that is indicative of the rigor of advanced art degree programs. Ranging in media from large scale installation, to video, sculpture, photography and painting, the exhibition is a rare glimpse into the developing practices of candidates prior to their thesis presentations.

Root Division is honored to expand the scope of this project to include two additional programs in our 2017 presentation: University of California, Davis, and Santa Cruz. These students’ work will be documented alongside their peers from California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley in our archive publication.

Participating Artists

Omar Arason, Stanford
Simon Boas, UCSC
Jodi Connelly, UCD
Shaghayegh Cyrous, CCA
Mattson Fields & Jared Gruendl,
Guta Galli, SFAI
Marissa Geoffroy, CCA
Laura Gillmore, CCA
Gailan Gray, SJSU
Peiter Griga, SFAI
Piper Grosswendt, CCA
Sean Healy, SFSU
Amber Imrie-Situnayake, Stanford
Marguerite Kalhor, UCSC
Dionne Lee, CCA
Mariela Montero, SFAI
Kate Moore & Lucy Sweeney, CCA
Richard-Jonathan Nelson, CCA
Elina Peduzzi, SJSU
Prima Sakuntabhai, CCA
Keith Secola, CCA
Scott Tooby, UCSC
Arika von Edler, SFAI
Aaron Wilder, SFAI
Andrew Wilson, UC Berkeley

About the MFA Now 2017 Archive Project:

The MFA Now 2017 Archive is an inclusionary publication of all 153 eligible MFA candidates from these programs. The catalogue includes a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by program faculty, Root Division staff, and the exhibition juror. Designed by Gold Collective, this publication joins the ongoing series and is a vital tool for documenting and navigate the contemporary moment in Bay Area MFA programs. 2017 MFA Now Archive catalogues will be available for purchase at the exhibition opening for $20. (2012- 2015 catalogues will also be available for $15.)

MFA Now is free, open to the public, and includes a Creative Station - all ages art activities hosted in our classroom during the 2nd Saturday opening reception.