MFA Now 2014

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MFA Now 2014
Curated by: Donna Napper

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
February 8th, 2014 - February 8th, 2014
Opening: February 8th, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(415) 8633-7668
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment
California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), SFSU (San Francisco State University), SJSU (San Jose State University), Stanford University
figurative, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual


ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday February 2014

MFA Now 2014: Juried Exhibition and Archive Project Release

Exhibition Juror: Donna Napper, Curator, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Second Saturday Reception: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7-10pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Root Division presents MFA Now 2014, an archive project featuring 126 Bay Area MFA Candidates and juried exhibition presenting 17 of those artists’ work.  

According to the US News and World Report survey from 2013, 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.

The MFA Now 2014 Archive, is an inclusionary publication of all eligible MFA candidates, set to be released in February 2014 with a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by Juror, Donna Napper, faculty from each MFA program, and Root Division staff. 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.

Juror, Donna Napper, curator of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, selected seventeen works from the submitted archive materials to be shown in Root Division's gallery for the month of February.  This Second Saturday event serves as an exhibition opening and release party for the archive project. Copies of the archive publication will be for sale at the exhibition opening or during business hours for $20.



Root Division is a visual arts 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. 


Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission: Cultural Equity Grants, Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Drusie Davis Family Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, A Better Place Foundation, Art4Moore, and Bill Graham Memorial Fund.


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