Claremont Graduate University the Only MFA Students Invited to Los Angeles Art Show for Second Consecutive Year

CGU's MFA students have been invited back to the LA Arts Show to display their works. Only university to be invited to this prestigious exhibition.

Claremont, CA, January 27, 2008 --( MFA students from CGU were invited back to show their artwork at the 13th Annual L.A. Art Show this year. This is the second year in a row that CGU artists were invited, and no other university art program was extended an invitation to exhibit artwork.

The L.A. Art Show will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 23-27. There are 125 exhibitors from around the world, featuring an array of artwork spanning cutting-edge contemporary to works from some of history’s finest artists. The show bills itself as one of the country’s most prestigious art expositions. A crowd of 92,000 is expected.

Claremont has been assisted by two prestigious names in art. Karl Benjamin—a CGU professor emeritus—helped select the works from current MFA students. Additional oversight has come from newly-named Chair of the CGU Art Department, art critic David Pagel, and gallery owner George Stern, founding president and current board member of the Fine Art Dealers Association, which organizes the LAAS. Stern is also on the Advisory Board for CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities.

“This is a rare opportunity to showcase the enormous talents of the CGU art students before one of the finest art communities in the United States,” Stern said.

Benjamin also had praise for the quality of work coming out of CGU.

“I’m impressed with not only the quality of the student works being produced at CGU, but at the variety of work and approaches these works represent,” Benjamin continued.

The Claremont students who are participating are Y. Heyden Gellis, Asad Faulwell, Julie Dunker, Elizabeth Carney, Lek Namnath and Judy Bonzi.

Said Bonzi: “CGU’s invitation is a testament to the quality of work coming out of its program. Unlike many art schools there is no single collateral vision imprinted on the students, rather there is a vibrant collection of interesting voices addressing varying concerns with personal flair and commitment.”

Claremont Graduate University
Nikolaos Johnson