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For the last 12 years, the Greater Los Angeles MFA show (GLAMFA) brings together the best work of graduate students putting the spotlight on emerging trends in contemporary art. GLAMFA is organized and curated by CSULB students in the Cal State University Long Beach Art Galleries. From January 23 to February 1, 2017, twenty-eight MFA students from twelve of California’s best art schools will be taking part.

While not every artwork is California focused, the specific conditions in Greater Los Angeles certainly influence the way to look at the work as a whole. GLAMFA’s long list of artists shows an exceptional network of young artists and practices. The work seen in GLAMFA is both encouraging and crucial. The work shows the importance of educational time spent meditating on practice and theory and that each piece speaks to a critical moment in time for the artist and for art itself.

On opening night, CSULB students host an Open Studio event which allows visitors to see works from a broad range of genres. Opening night visitors can also look forward to a performance by UCSB student Emily Baker. A former gymnast, Emily’s work explores the body and the transience of athleticism.

This year, GLAMFA is pleased to bring back three alumni to discuss how their practice has evolved since grad school. Zackary Drucker (GLAMFA 2007), Patricia Fernandez (GLAMFA 2010), and Katie Shapiro (GLAMFA 2015) will each give a short talk on the evening of January 31st

GLAMFA 2017 Participating Artists: Chelsea Avarez, Gal Amiram, Yair Agmon, Emily Baker, Lyndsay Bloom, Cara Chan, Ashley Jan Gardner, Tanner Gilliland-Swetland, Audrey Hope, Angie Jennings, Emily Blythe Jones, Jennifer King, David Lucien Matheke, Ariel Mazariegos, Andrea Patrie, Jackie Rines, Justin Robinson, Doraelia Ruiz, Sunny Samuel, Janet Solval, Peter Sowinski, Omid Orouji, Hazel Straight, Christina Tsui, Shannon Willis, Stormy Wu, Sichong Xie, Drea Zlanabitnig

CSULB Open Studio Artists: Rhiannon Aarons, Alice Andreini, Isabel Avila, Kelly Campanella, Stevan Dupus, Fred Eck, Joanie Ellen, Qingsheng Gao, Mimi Haddon, Shannon Leith, Katie Marshall, Patricia Martin, Narsiso C Martinez, Jesse Parrott, Justin Rightsell, Elena Roznovan, Cintia Segovia, Ashley Shumaker, Amy Williams, Patrick Williams, Lena Wolek

GLAMFA 2017 Participating Schools: CSUN, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Claremont, Cal Arts, Cal State Fullerton, Art Center, Azusa Pacific, Laguna College of Art & Design, Otis, and UC Irvine

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