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Southern California MFA Exhibition
SoCalMFA 2018 Juried Exhibition

SoCal MFA Annual Juried Exhibition 2018

Exhibition Details
In conjunction with The Millard Sheets Art Center, Claremont Graduate University is looking forward to hosting the third annual Southern California MFA Exhibition. The newly remodeled gallery has more than 7,000 square feet, with an elegant opening reception area and space to display a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Southern California MFA Exhibition is organized by CGU MFA students and is open for all Southern California MFA Studio Art students. We are excited to announce Howard N. Fox as the 2018 guest juror. He was a curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1985 through 2008 and is guest curator for LACMA’s current PST LA/LA exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz. SoCalMFA is a great opportunity for emerging artists to gain experience and network in the Southern California Art community.
IG: @socalmfa

Current Southern California MFA Studio Art Students. All work must be dropped off March 12 to the 19th in person, no shipping or pickup is offered or allowed.  Students graduating at the end Fall 2017 are still eligible to apply as the application is open during their enrollment time. Those who graduated in Spring 2017 are not eligible. Artists who were selected for our 2017 exhibition and are still enrolled in an MFA program are also eligible to apply.

$10/artist for 5 pieces.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

Entering Your Images
•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

Juror - Howard N. Fox
Independent curator Howard N. 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). Often focusing on issues of content and meaning in contemporary art, Fox has published widely, and authored a principal essay for the catalogue accompanying the 2006 exhibition Los Angeles 1955-1985: Birth of an Art Capital, organized by the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. From 2000 to 2004 Fox was on the faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he taught courses in modern and contemporary art history. He returns to LACMA as guest curator for the critically and popularly acclaimed survey exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.

No Categories. ALL MEDIUMS ARE WELCOME, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, digital work, sound/video, performance, sculpture, installation…ample various pedestals for sculpture work, your own installation equipment is also welcome though.  (If entering sound/video, put the link (no passwords please!) in the "TITLE" of your piece in the entry form.)

However, please be aware of our limited available equipment… providing your own necessary equipment for video, sound, projections, etc is highly encouraged. Please indicate in your description any specific equipment you may need.
**Please read the disclaimer/legal information as well.**

We have a spectacular outdoor space available for open air pieces and are open to having performances during the night of the reception, and possibly a second performance at a later date.

In the above two cases, proposals are accepted.

70/30 %

Timeline of events including
1.  Applications Open Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.
2.  Closes Monday, January 15th, 2018.
3.  Notifications sent out by Friday, February 16, 2018.
4.  Drop off artwork March 12-19
5.  Opening Reception Sunday afternoon, March 25th. 2-6pm.
6.  Show will be on display from March 24th- June 2nd, 2018.
7.  Artwork pick up June 3-6th.

No nudity or profanity, nothing can hang from the ceilings, size limitation for wall pieces- limited space for large wall pieces (larger than 7 feet tall might be a problem).




REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS:  Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from  To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list.

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same.

1.      Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2.      Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile."  You are now in Your account!

3.      Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4.      As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show."  Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter."  The letter will then be displayed below.

5.      If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

6.      While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.


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