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About MICA Alumni

MICA's international community of artists, designers, and educators is one of the most important resources we offer for our alumni. We keep you up-to-date on news from your classmates.

  • 14,000 alumni living in 64 countries.
  • 86% of BFA graduates who take jobs immediately after graduation are working in art related fields.
  • 23% of BFA graduates pursue graduate study immediately after graduation.

A few of our internationally recognized alumni include:
Donald Baechler '78, Willie Birch '73 (MFA, Art Ed), Betty Cooke '46, Lesley Dill '80 (Mt. Royal), Dorothy Gillespie '41, Doug Hall '69 (Rinehart), Ethel Kessler '71, David Jacobs '61, Jeff Koons '76, Mary Miss '68 (Rinehart), Nancy Rubins '74, Jan Staller '75, Joyce Scott '70, Reggie Wells '71.

Some recent additions to our outstanding alumni community:
Brian Martel '93, Kate O'Connor '98, Jason Hughes '05, Lauren Richel '06, Bruce Willen '02, Nolen Strals '01, Jhawn Jones '04 '05 (MADA), Dave Inscore '95, Drew Newman '08, Tony Shore '93, Chat Travieso '07, Greg Foertsch '95, Charlotte Albertson '08, Sungmi Lee '05 (Rinehart), Jacolby Satterwhite '08 and Shinique Smith '92 '03 (Mt. Royal).

Young alumni who go directly into jobs work in a diverse array of fields: animators, art teachers, community-based artists, book illustrators, costume designers, retail entrepreneurs, gallery owners, computer game artists, photo editors, portrait artists, creative directors-and find a strong network of support from peers in cities from Atlanta to Istanbul, Los Angeles to Tokyo, San Francisco to Berlin, New York to New Delhi.

Additionally MICA graduates are being employed by companies such as Paramount Pictures, Johns Hopkins Microsurgery Advanced Design Lab, Apple Computer, Firaxis Games, Vera Wang, Wall Street Journal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kate Spade and Harper Collins Publishers.

MICA graduates have been accepted into top MFA programs including, Yale, School of Visual Arts, California Institute of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Columbia, and UCLA, and into creative writing, conservation, and library science programs at the University of Sussex in England, Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, and Pratt Institute.

A substantial number of MICA graduates earn prestigious grants for graduate study in the U.S. or abroad-in fact, MICA is #1 among specialty colleges as a producer of Fulbright awards among its students and faculty, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 2001, 16 MICA graduating students and alumni have been Fulbright award winners. In addition, in the past five years, seven MICA alumni have received the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship for graduate study, two have received the prestigious national Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship, and four have been awarded Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants-awards given to candidates in their early careers working in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.

MICA alumni are well represented in the ranks of those receiving top grants, fellowships, and awards-including two who have won the $25,000 Joan Mitchell Foundation individual artist award-and are regularly featured in New American Paintings and in top international exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial.

MICA alumni are exhibiting in public and private venues from New York to California and around the world. More and more of our graduates are taking leadership roles in nonprofit and community based art programs, becoming successful entrepreneurs in a range of arts-related fields, or teaching a new generation of artists.