The Senator Verna L. Jones Annual BSU Exhibition, inaugurated by state Sen. Verna L. Jones (Baltimore City), showcases the work of members of MICA's Black Student Union (BSU). Maryland legislators and residents view and purchase work made by emerging artists of color at an exhibition in Sen. Jones' office in Annapolis that lasts for the duration of the legislative session.
"I am honored each year to offer the emerging artists at MICA a different setting in which to share their work," Sen. Jones said. "This exhibition looks at some themes and issues that artists of color explore and is a great example of the College's ongoing commitment to engage the community at large in thoughtful discussions of art."
Co-coordinated by MICA's Office of Advancement and Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, the show evolved from a request by Sen. Jones to MICA President Fred Lazarus for African-American student artwork for display. Now in its ninth year, more than 50 students have participated in the exhibition-some for all four years of their undergraduate careers.
"Students are empowered by the reactions, responses and praise given by those in attendance at their exhibitions," said Clyde Johnson, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Intercultural Development. "Sen. Verna Jones' office showcasing the students' art enables them to present their work to some of Maryland's top political strategists who patronize and appreciate young artists of color. The students feel honored that a senator opens this avenue for their professional development."
Sen. Jones represents the 44th district of Baltimore City. She is a member of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and is chair emeritus of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. She has also served as chair of Maryland Women for Obama.