MFA NOW: Archive Project & Juried Exhibition 

Deadline for Submission: December 3, 2012

Exhibition dates: February 6-23, 2013

According to the US News and World Report survey from 2012, the Bay Area is home to seven 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, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

MFA Now 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.

The aim of the archive and exhibition is to provide a unique 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 2013 Archive Project:
The MFA Now 2013 Archive, is an inclusionary publication of all eligible MFA candidates, set to be released in February 2013. The book includes a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by the organizers, Root Division, Juror Brian Karl, 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.

MFA Now 2013 Juried Exhibition:
Juror: Brian Karl, Curator/Writer; Program Director, Headlands Center for the Arts

The juror will select up to twenty-five works from the submitted archive materials to be shown in Root Division's gallery for the month of February 2013. An opening reception will be held on February 9, 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 14, 2012.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Candidates from MFA Programs in Visual Arts from California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Arts Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley are welcome to apply.
  • Visual Arts (for the purpose of this opportunity) include sculpture, painting, drawing, film/video, photography, textiles, new genres, and installation.

Checklist of application materials:

      • Completed online application form
      • Submit your image in one of the following ways:
        1. E-mail your image to
        The file should be titled LastName_FirstName.tif
        2.Upload your image via Dropbox and share a folder with:
        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
      • $20 submission fee (via Paypal button below)  - Covers an MFA candidate's inclusion in the MFA Now 2013 Archive, a copy of the archive, and a chance to be in the MFA Now 2013 exhibition at Root Division. Copies of the archive will be available at the opening and during gallery hours throughout the exhibition.  Deadline for Submission: Closed

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Root Division is an arts and arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

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