Sunday, February 7, 2016

MFA NEVER at Root Division, San Francisco

MFA Never

Root Division, San Francisco, Feb. 10-27


Review:  Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED Arts:

 MFA NOW,  an annual juried exhibition of work by current Bay Area MFA candidates, has been a staple of Root Division's program for the past four years. But in the "age of $120,000 art degrees, what about those who opt out of the academic machine? Juried by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Donna Napper and Brion Nuda Rosch. MFA Never includes artists who's names might surprise some, considering how established they are within the Bay Area art scene. But then that's the whole point - an MFA is not a sure path towards success, or even a sign of artistic accomplishment. Bravo to Root Division for entering this ongoing and vital conversation.

2nd Sat Reception:
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates:
Feb 10, 2016 to Feb 27, 2016
Gallery Hours (or by appointment):
Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Participating Artists:

Jizell Albright
Donna Anderson Kam
Melissa Bolger
George-Ann Bowers
Michelle Brandemuehl
Craig Calderwood
Randy Colosky
Kerri Conlon
Art for a Democratic Society
Lauren DiCioccio
Lisa Espenmiller
Georgia Hodges
Michael Ifland
Rudy Lemcke
Stephanie Metz
Jeff Morris
Joel Daniel Phillips
Alice Raymond
Roz Ritter
D.B. Ryan
Ron Moultrie Saunders
Andy Vogt
Ven Voisey
Aaron Wojack

MFA Never was conceptualized by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, to create opportunity for underrepresented artists, those who are unaffiliated with alumni networks, and may have not had the debut opportunity offered by the MFA Thesis exhibition. MacFadyen is the founder of A Simple Collective, a contemporary arts organization dedicated to, "access, equality, ingenuity, creativity, and independence."

Every artist who submitted to MFA NEVER will be featured in the MFA NEVER archive catalogue. The book includes information about each contributing artist and a compilation of essays by Root Division staff, and the panel of exhibition jurors, serving to unpack some of the issues surrounding decisions to not pursue higher education.

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