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SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is launching its third installment at the Millard Sheets Art Center. The exhibition, organized by MFA students from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in conjunction with Fairplex and the Art Center, provides both a platform for Southern California’s emerging artists to exhibit new directions in art and a learning experience for CGU students to work with the Art Center on creating a large-scale juried exhibition.
This year’s SoCal MFA team launching the exhibition is Madeline Arnault, Chelsea Boxwell and Megan Kinney. The exhibition is the largest MFA exhibition in both number of works as well as the most schools represented. The 2018 exhibition includes 17 of 18 eligible MFA programs throughout Southern California. Selected students study at UC San Diego, Cal Arts, UCLA, UC Irvine, Azusa Pacific University, San Diego State, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Northridge, Laguna College of Art and Design, CSU Fullerton, Claremont Graduate University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design, CSU Long Beach, UC Riverside and Art Center College of Design.
Each year a guest juror is tapped to select artwork beginning with Steve Comba (2016), Amanda Ross-Ho (2017), and this year Howard N. Fox. Independent curator Fox was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from 1985 through 2008, where he organized numerous major exhibitions and authored their catalogues, including Avant-Garde in the Eighties (1987), A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors (1990), Lari Pittman (1996), and Eleanor Antin (1999). He recently returned to LACMA as guest curator for the critically and popularly acclaimed survey exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz.
As guest juror, Fox selected more than 40 works ranging from painting, fabric art, sculpture, photography and multimedia works by artists Madeline Arnault, Diego Barrientos, Aurora Berger, Deitra Charles, Patricia Chow, Ji Soo Chung, Carey Coleman, Remi Dalton, Yubo Dong, Stevan Dupus, Jenny Eisenpresser, Samantha Fitzmorris, Leslie Frank, Joshua Freeman, Molly Gabbard, Eleanor Greer, Timothy Haerens, Harrison Halaska, Allison Holland, Lucy Holtsnider, Anna Ialeggio, Chloe Jeongmyo Kim, Aleya Lanteigne, Jian Liang, Jane Margarette, Michelle Nunes, Shane McClatchey, Moses Muturi, Aydinaneth Ortiz, Joshua Rains, Rebecca Rich, Celia Rocha, Heather Roessler, Cintia Segovia, Kamaria Shepherd, Nicole Waszak, Charisse Weston, Amy Williams, Ji Hyun Won, Jonathan Yacoub, Zebulon Zang and Benjamin Zhao.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a public panel on May 20 from 2-4pm, led by CGU Art Professor David Pagel. The panel will be free and open to the public and will address the culture of the MFA program. Selected artists from the exhibition will join Pagel in this discussion with a Q+A session from the audience. In addition to his position at CGU, Pagel is an adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. He also writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times. Since 1988, he has published reviews, features, and essays in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, frieze, and Art Issues, where he was reviews editor from 1998 to 2001.
Howard N. Fox