VIP MFA, the first juried art fair for students, which opens online tomorrow, announced today its top 10 candidates. Of these 10, the top three will win awards from $5,000 to $15,000, which they will share with their school.
The fair, which is something of a hybrid of the art fair and the MFA thesis exhibition, will run on the VIP Art Fair platform from June 1 to June 8. It will feature the work of 100 students who were selected from a pool of 380 from some of the world’s top MFA programs. The six judges are Matthew Higgs (White Columns), RoseLee Goldberg (Performa), Joachim Pissarro (Hunter), Diana Al-Hadid (artist), Kate Fowle (Independent Curators International) and O Zhang (artist).
“There was relatively little discord among the judges,” said Matthew Higgs to Gallerist, about judging the work. But the fate of this hybrid art fair/thesis show is another issue. “What happens now, is the question. Whether it will work or not.”
“VIP MFA connects new artists to our growing base of collectors and contemporary dealers,” said Lisa Kennedy, the chief executive of VIP Art Fair, in a statement. “The students will influence the current state of fine art as ambassadors of a new generation.”
Here is a list of the top 10 students and their respective schools. The three winners will be announced tomorrow with the start of the fair.
Natacha Arena, LASALLE College of the Arts
Andrew Brehm, Virginia Commonwealth University
Galen Gibson-Cornell, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jordy Hamilton, University of British Columbia
Chris Hood, San Francisco Art Institute
Avinash Motghare, Sir J. J. School of Art
Camillo Paravicini, Glasgow School of Art
Susana Perrottet, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Emanuel Straessle, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Ariane Vielmetter, California Institute of the Arts