Call for Artists: MFA Revisited

Jan 18, 2021

Call for Artists: MFA Revisited
Extended Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:59 pm
Juror: Aay Preston-Myint, Artist, Publisher, Educator; Public Programs & Outreach Manager, Headlands Center for the Arts

In 2011, two artists enrolled at Mills and UC Berkeley, Claire Colette and Kari Marboe, saw a need for dialogue between programs and wished to create opportunities for artists in MFA programs. With this impulse they created a platform for connection through a shared exhibition offered at Root Division. This seed of an idea has become a biennial Root Division tradition called MFA Now. The MFA Now Archive Project and Juried Exhibition has provided a platform for looking at Bay Area artists and institutions in order to promote dialogue and to archive current art-making practices and models.

In what would mark the seventh iteration of the show we've decided that the needs of this year are quite different. With an international pandemic collapsing the final year of learning for many MFA students, thesis exhibitions sequestered online, the re-imagining of arts institutions, and increased unsteadiness within academic spaces -- we are presenting MFA Revisited. This exhibition is open to artists who would have graduated from their MFA programs and presented thesis exhibitions in Spring of 2020.

It is our hope to provide space and audience while bolstering the work and growth of the 2020 cohort of graduates throughout the Bay Area.

The MFA Revisited Archive is an inclusive publication of all eligible 2020 MFA graduates set to be released in March 2021. All artists who submit to the MFA Revisited exhibition will be featured in this archive. The book includes a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA graduate and a compilation of essays by faculty, Root Division staff, and the exhibition juror. The archive serves to navigate the contemporary moment in Bay Area MFA programs and to find connections between artists and institutions - even in the midst of a turbulent year.

Juror: Aay Preston-Myint, Public Programs and Outreach Manager, Headlands Center for the Arts
Each artist will submit a single artwork to be automatically included in the archive publication and for consideration to the MFA Revisited Exhibition. The juror will select up to twenty-five works from the submitted materials to be shown in Root Division's gallery in March 2021. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 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 Friday, January 29, 2021.

2020 Graduates from MFA Programs in “Visual Arts” from the following schools are welcome to apply:

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

“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, printmaking, intermedia/installation and social practice.


1. Completed online application form

2. $20 submission fee
Covers an MFA graduate's inclusion in the MFA Revisited Archive, a copy of the archive, and a chance to be juried into the exhibition at Root Division. Copies of the archive will be available at the opening and during gallery appointments throughout the exhibition. Submit your fee here

3. Single Artwork Image
E-mail your image, a TIF file: 300 dpi, CMYK, 1800 px on the longest side, to submissions@rootdivision.... The file should be titled LastName_FirstName.tif

Note for artists submitting video: Please submit a video still 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 Friday, January 29, 2021. All submitting artists will be featured in the 2021 Archive Catalogue.

Please email with any questions.