MFA Conversations Part 1

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MFA Conversations Part 1
Curated by: Marla Koosed

2100 N Main St.
Los Angeles, California 90031
May 9th, 2009 - July 3rd, 2009
Opening: May 9th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
California State University Long Beach (CSULB), California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), California State University Northridge (CSUN), CSU Fullerton, CSU San Bernardino, Everett Community College, University of California Irvine


MFA Conversations Part 1

This exhibition is part one of a series of three. It is an invitational group show of graduate students from 7 schools.

Parts one and two of the series are showcasing graduate student works. Part three, Professor dialogues, will showcase work by faculty at the universities. Each show will be up for two months.

Press Release:

Conversation: (NOUN) 1. An informal spoken exchange of thoughts and feelings; a familiar talk.  2. Social intercourse; close association. 3.Rare. Close acquaintance, as with an
object of study.

I-5 is pleased to announce the first in a series of shows being offered this summer through the fall of 2009. MFA Conversations Part I (May/June) and Part II (July/August) explore the abundance of MFA and MA programs in the Southern California area from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Despite their shared geography, these programs represent a range of diverse offerings, foci, students, and work. While such diversity yields richness, it can also have an isolating effect on students from these institutions, who do not have many opportunities to interact in the greater southern California arts community.

Curator Marla Koosed explains: "I wanted to do something different. I wanted to bring the artists
and their work together by having a series of MFA shows inclusive of all 15 schools in the region.  By including a minimum of 7-8 schools per exhibit and presenting a small sampling of work from these various programs within an intimate space, the works would naturally start a dialogue. Most MFA shows are up for a limited period of time; Part I and Part II will be up for 2 months each. This will allow time for scheduling artist talks, for the participants to discuss their work, each othersʼ work, and to share those conversations with a wider audience, the public."

MFA Conversations Part I will show work from 7 schools; UC Irvine, Claremont, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Long Beach. This show is not a survey or comprehensive of all the graduates: Instead, studio visits for all eligible candidates for this show were conducted, and participants were chosen from that pool. The intimate scale of the I-5 Gallery allows for an exhibit like this to function and for the works to interact by the space they cohabit.

The third show in the series will be called Professor Dialogues (select works from faculty of the 15schools) and will take place September through October 2009. Stay tuned....