Call for Artists: MFA Now 2017 at Root Division — Deadline: December 1, 2016

by Admin on 11/04/2016

Juror: Natalia Mount, Executive Director, Pro Arts
Deadline: Dec 1, 2016


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm
Exhibition dates: March 1 – 25, 2017

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to nine of the top MFA programs in the country: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley. The MFA Now Archive Project and Juried Exhibition provides a platform for looking at Bay Area artists and institutions in order to promote dialogue and to archive current art-making practices and models.

MFA Now 2017 will be the fifth iteration of this biennial project at Root Division. The concept for the MFA Now archive and juried exhibition was originally conceived by Claire Colette and Kari Marboe in 2011. The two artists, who were, at the time, in MFA programs at Mills and UC Berkeley respectively, saw a need for dialogue between programs, and they created this opportunity for connection. As a space dedicated to providing opportunities to emerging Bay Area artists, Root Division has elected to continue this project biennially.

The MFA Now 2017 Archive is an inclusionary publication of all eligible MFA candidates set to be released in March 2017. All artists who submit to the MFA NOW 2017 exhibition will be featured in this archive. The book includes a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by faculty, Root Division staff, and the exhibition juror, serving to navigate the contemporary moment in Bay Area MFA programs and find connections between the artists and institutions. The archive catalogue is designed by Gold Collective.

Juror: Natalia Mount, Executive Director, Pro Arts Gallery
Each artist will submit a single artwork inclusion in the archive publication and for consideration for the MFA Now Exhibition. The juror will select up to twenty-five works from the submitted materials to be shown in Root Division’s gallery for the month of March 2017. An opening reception will be held on March 11th, and will also serve as the archive release party. To be considered for the exhibition, artists must complete the entire submissions process for the archive. The juror will review all submissions. We will notify selected artists of their inclusion in the exhibition by December 1, 2016.

Current Candidates from MFA Programs in “Visual Arts” from the following schools are welcome to apply:

California College of the Arts
Mills College
San Francisco Arts Institute
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Stanford University
University of California at Davis
University of California at Santa Cruz
University of California at Berkeley

“Visual Arts” (for the purpose of this opportunity) include sculpture, painting, drawing, film/video, photography, ceramics, textiles, new genres, film/ cinema, design & technology, conceptual and information arts, intermedia/installation and social practice.

-Completed online application form:…

-$20 submission fee – Covers an MFA candidate’s inclusion in the MFA Now 2017 Archive, a copy of the archive, and a chance to be juried into the MFA Now 2017 exhibition at Root Division. Copies of the archive will be available at the opening and during gallery hours throughout the exhibition. (Please note that the $20 fee must be on file by 12/1/16 for the email submission to be considered. E-payment can be made at this link (https://www.rootdivision…)

-Single Artwork Image: Submit your image in one of the following ways:
1. E-mail your image to submissions@rootdivision… The file should be titled LastName_FirstName.tif

2. Upload your image via Dropbox and share a folder with: submissions@rootdivision… The folder and file should be titled LastName_FirstName (Dropbox is a FREE file-sharing service with 2.5 GB of space, but you will need to create an account with user login & password if you do not already have one.) Dropbox website

Note for artists submitting video: Please submit a video still (at specs listed above) for print in the publication. For juror review, include a link to the video at the end of the statement section on the online application. For best results, we highly recommend links to Vimeo or YouTube rather than individual websites.

Artists will be notified of their inclusion in the exhibition by January 5, 2017. All submitting artists will be featured in the 2017 Archive Catalogue.

Please call 415.863.7668 or email submissions@rootdivision… with any questions.