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Pier 36 in New York.
Pier 36 in New York.

New Art Fair to Showcase Work by MFA Graduates

A new art fair dedicated to the work of emerging artists is coming to New York this fall. Cofounded by curator James Salomon and Max Fishko of Art Market Productions—the Brooklyn-based event company that produces Art on Paper, Art Market San Francisco, and the Seattle Art Fair, among other cultural events—the MFA Fair aims to showcase recent graduates of masters of fine art programs who are making exceptional work.

“Art schools the world over are rich with new talent and innovative ideas that are independent of market hierarchies,” said Salomon, the fair’s director. “With the MFA Fair, our goal is simple: to increase visibility for the next generation of artists, exposing graduate work to prospective students and the greater art world.”

The inaugural edition of the event will take place at Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan from November 14 to November 17 and will feature the work of students from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, New York; the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan; the Maryland Institute College of Art; the New York Academy of Art; the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University; Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond; and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, St. Louis.

Commenting on the fair, Fishko said: “For many masters candidates, their studies culminate with thesis exhibitions that remain largely unseen outside of academia. The institutions also spend significant dollars on recruiting new talent. The MFA Fair seeks to operate as a coordinated effort to expand art world visibility for both the graduating class, and the MFA programs. A bridge between academia and industry.”