During the college application process, a friend of Dino (Mario Urpí) ’12 (printmaking) who had studied at a design school in the United States told him to put MICA on his list. After reading An Artist’s Guide to Choosing a College, a book produced by MICA for prospective students, the Costa Rican native was inspired to apply.
“I never visited the school until orientation day,” said Dino, adding, “I am glad I embraced the unknown.”
A printmaking major, Dino was happy he could explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and fiber classes as well.
“Being around talented emerging artists pushed me to expand myself constantly,” said the artist, who interned with the Globe Collection and Press, hosted an hour-long broadcast on WICV Radio, was a member of the Student Voice Association, studied abroad in Vancouver, and earned the Printmaking Departmental Recognition Award and MICA Achievement Award while at the College.
“Coming t o MICA improved my critical thinking and creative vocabulary, and helped me discover my own artistic discourse,” said Dino, who now lives in New Orleans where he splits his time between working as a costumer at the Southern Costume Company, co-running a creative think tank and design studio called Everything Collective, and volunteering at the New Orleans Community Print Shop.