Top 11 Recent MFAs

This list includes 2020 and 2019 graduates of top MFA programs. Artists are ranked by their media index value in 2021. The media index measures the weight of artist mentions in articles multiplied by the weight of the publishers of these articles.

Rank #1: Dominic Chambers, MFA, Yale University, 2019

Media Index in 2021: 191
Featured In:
Observer: Artist Dominic Chambers Has a New Vision of Black Intellectualism
ARTnews: ARTnews in Brief: Roberts Projects Now Represents Dominic Chambers—and More from March 29, 2021
USA Artnews: Roberts Projects represents Dominic Chambers in Los Angeles

Rank #2: Jenna Gribbon, MFA, Hunter College, 2019

Media Index in 2021: 140
Featured In:
The Art Gorgeous: Jenna Gribbon And Her Intimate Paintings Of Your Favourite Artists
Juxtapoz: Preview: Summer 2021 with Danielle Mckinney, Cristina BanBan, Jenna Gribbon…
AfterEllen: Female Intimacy Through Art: Jenna Gribbon

Rank #3: Esteban Jefferson, MFA, Columbia University, 2019

Media Index in 2021: 140
Featured In:
Artforum: Martin Herbert on Esteban Jefferson

afasiaarchzine: Esteban Jefferson
ARTnews: Esteban Jefferson’s Portraits of the Petit Palais

Rank #4: Hangama Amiri, MFA, Yale University, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 120
Featured In:
Kajal Magazine: One Piece by Hangama Amiri: Arayeshgah-e Bahar
Art Viewer: Hangama Amiri at Towards
Art Asia Pacific: The Visual Vocabulary Of Belonging In Hangama Amiri

Rank #5: Anthony Cudahy, MFA, Hunter College, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 109
Featured In:
Hyperallergic: The Ethereal Everyday of Anthony Cudahy
ACTUART: Contemporary Painting Exhibition: Anthony Cudahy “The Moon Sets A Knife”

Rank #6: Ana Benaroya, MFA, Yale University, 2019

Media Index in 2021: 107
Featured In:
Juxtapoz: The Passenger: An Interview with Ana Benaroya
Arrested Motion: Showing: Ana Benaroya – ‘The Passenger’ @ Carl Kostyál
The Editorial Magazine: Ana Benaroya’s Passengers

Rank #7: James Bartolacci, MFA, Yale University, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 106
Featured In:
Something Curated: Interview: Painter James Bartolacci On Queer..
It’s Nice That: An ode to pre-pandemic nightlife and queer spaces, James..
Konbini Arts: La vie nocturne queer et l’effervescence des clubs peintes..

Rank #8: Kate Pincus-Whitney, MFA, RISD, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 88
Featured In:
ARTnews: Kate Pincus-Whitney on How Her Vivid Tablescapes Represent the World Around Her
Juxtapoz: Kate Pincus-Whitney “Feast In The Neon Jungle” @ Fredericks & Freiser, NYC
New York Art Tours: Kate Pincus-Whitney at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

Rank #9: Olivia Sterling, MA, Royal College of Art, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 87
Featured In:
Frieze Magazine: Olivia Sterling Crashes a Birthday Party
FAD Magazine: Olivia Sterling White Bread
Purple: “White Bread” an exhibition by Olivia Sterling at Cob Gallery, London

Rank #10: Amanda Wall, MFA, Pratt Institute, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 67
Featured In :
Artillery: Amanda Wall: The Cabin
Dazed and Confused Magazine: Amanda Wall’s sensual, stylish nudes fuse fantasy with fashion
Purple: “Juicy” by Amanda Wall at The Cabin, LA

Rank #11: Chiffon Thomas, MFA, Yale University, 2020

Media Index in 2021: 52.
Featured In:
Dream Idea Machine: ART CITIES:Los Angeles-Chiffon Thomas
Flaunt: Chiffon Thomas | The Artist’s Debut Solo Show at Kohn Gallery
Art Zealous: “I destroy and then I reconfigure” | Antithesis, Chiffon Thomas’s New..

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