MFA Conversations II

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MFA Conversations II
Curated by: Marla Koosed

2100 North Main Street, Suite A-9
Los Angeles, CA 90031
July 17th, 2009 - September 11th, 2009
Opening: July 17th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, sculpture


I-5 Gallery
2100 North Main Street, Suite A-9
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Press Information
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Ramirez, Gallery Director
Curator: Marla Koosed

MFA Conversations Part II
At I-5 Gallery
July 17th, 2009 7PM to 10PM
July 17 to September 11, 2009
Artist Talks: July 25 and August 22
2PM to 4PM

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 Gallery is pleased to announce the second in the "MFA Conversations" series of shows being
offered this summer through the fall of 2009. MFA Conversations Part II continues to explore the
abundance of MFA 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: "MFA Conversations Part II builds on the foundation established
by Part Iʼs show and artist conversations and will offer another opportunity for dialogue among the
artists and their works. It will also offer visitors to the gallery an exceptional opportunity to see an
edited sample of some of the finest work being produced by Southern California MFA Graduates.

While most MFA shows are up for a limited period of time; Part II will be up for 2 months. This
allows time for the scheduled artist talks, for the participants to discuss their work, each othersʼ
work, and to share those conversations with a wider audience, the public." Artist talks are
scheduled from 2PM to 4PM on Saturday, July 25th and Saturday, August 22nd.
On the heels of Part I, MFA Conversations Part II will show work from 7 schools; Art Center
College of Design, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, Otis and
Calarts. 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 space 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 MFA Conversations series will conclude with a third show, Professor Dialogues that will
feature select works from faculty of the 15 schools and will take place Winter 2010. Stay tuned....