MFA Never: Root Division, SF

Added on by Jeff Morris.

Exhibition Dates: 

Feb 10, 2016 to Feb 27, 2016

2nd Sat Reception: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Gallery Hours (or by appointment):  Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Address: 1131 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  94103

Presented as a counterpoint to our biennial MFA NOW exhibition, MFA NEVER considers artists that took the non-degree path. This juried exhibition creates visibility for artists who have found a life and practice in the visual arts outside of the academic machine.

The goal of the MFA Never project is to create room for dialogue around alternatives to the MFA route, especially in thinking about how higher education can be exclusive in terms of financial viability, and in representing artists of color, queer artists, "outsider" artists etc.

Selected from over 180 submissions, the 25 artists chosen for this exhibition represent a diversity of mediums, background, age, identity, and reasons for not pursuing advanced degrees in art.

More about MFA NEVER:

For the past four years, Root Division has dedicated one month of our exhibitions programs to a juried exhibition of current Bay Area MFA Candidates in an exhibition and archive project called MFA Now. This project will continue at Root Division biennially with the next presentation in February 2017. This year we wanted to do something a little different, and join in the national dialogue around valuation of advanced art degrees.

This February, we're opting to highlight the many talented and successful artists who have opted out of the degree route for one reason or another, in a counterpoint juried exhibition called MFA Never. MFA Never was conceptualized by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, to create opportunity for underrepresented artists, those who are unaffiliated with alumni networks, and may have not had the debut opportunity offered by the MFA Thesis exhibition. MacFadyen is the founder of A Simple Collective, a contemporary arts organization dedicated to, "access, equality, ingenuity, creativity, and independence."

Every artist who submitted to MFA NEVER will be featured in the MFA NEVER archive catalogue. The book includes information about each contributing artist and a compilation of essays by Root Division staff, and the panel of exhibition jurors, serving to unpack some of the issues surrounding decisions to not pursue higher education.

Exhibition Artists: 

Participating Artists:
Jizell Albright
Donna Anderson Kam
Melissa Bolger
George-Ann Bowers
Michelle Brandemuehl
Craig Calderwood
Randy Colosky
Kerri Conlon
Art for a Democratic Society
Lauren DiCioccio
Lisa Espenmiller
Georgia Hodges
Michael Ifland
Rudy Lemcke
Stephanie Metz
Jeff Morris
Joel Daniel Phillips
Alice Raymond
Roz Ritter
D.B. Ryan
Ron Moultrie Saunders
Andy Vogt
Ven Voisey
Aaron Wojack