MFA Thesis I
March 29 -April 14
Twenty-eight graduating students from the M.F.A. in Community Arts, the M.F.A. in Graphic Design and the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice will exhibit work in the MFA Thesis I exhibition, on view through April 14.
For more information, see MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
Rowland Ricketts installing Past Present, installation of indigo dyed karakul wool 2013
Rowland Ricketts: Keeping On
February 15 - March 17
Indiana-based artist Rowland Ricketts, like Lenore Tawney H'92, is an innovator in the textile field. Ricketts trained in the ancient process of indigo farming and dyeing in Tokushima, Japan. Using natural materials and historical processes, Ricketts' creative practice as an artist traversing art, design, social practice and new technologies, aligns him with the newest generation of fiber artists.
"In both my functional textiles and artwork, my intention is the same: through simple forms and a straight-forward presentation, I strive to present the viewers with a color so rich they see beyond the dyed material to examine all that lies within a color's substance," Ricketts said.
In Keeping On, Ricketts will show a series of large-scale weavings featuring natural dye processes, a sound installation and a studio wall of samples, photographs and artifacts.
Tony Shore: Harry
January 25 -March 17
General fine arts faculty member Tony Shore '93 (painting) has created a wide range of paintings over his lifetime, but one subject has continually reappeared in his work: his father. In this exhibition, Shore will showcase paintings of his father created over a 25-year period, chronicling his growth as an artist while documenting the aging process. Intimate and unabashed, the paintings reveal an inside glimpse of his father's dignity, humor, and humanity. This will be Shore's first solo exhibition since his father's death in 2010.
Decker Gallery Instalation
Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For
December 7 - March 17
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will take part in the multi-venue exhibition Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For in honor of Lenore Tawney H’92 (1907–2007), a leading figure in the contemporary fiber arts movement. Two complementary exhibitions titled Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For, presented in conjunction with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, will take place this winter: MICA will focus on the artist’s line-based work while University of the Arts in Philadelphia will highlight Tawney’s paper-focused work, Thursday, Jan. 17–Saturday, March 2 University of the Arts: The Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, 333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
By presenting parallel exhibitions at MICA and the University of the Arts, each with an emphasis on different aspects of Tawney’s work, we can focus on Lenore Tawney’s influence and impact on the fiber world,” said MICA co-curator and fiber chair Piper Shepherd. The MICA exhibition, also co-curated by faculty member Susie Brandt, will feature approximately 30 drawings, weavings, sculptures and installations produced throughout Tawney’s career—some of which have never been on view before. Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For will also provide the first public showing of studio materials and personal belongings inspiring the artist’s work. Both exhibitions will offer a glance into the artist’s daily life and work by showcasing items, such as studio collections, handmade garments and photographs. University of the Arts’ exhibition will also highlight Tawney’s collages, drawings, books and postcards.
Accompanying Exhibitions: Two consecutive solo shows, both entitled Keeping On, will highlight the works of contemporary fiber artists Sandra Brownlee and Rowland Ricketts. The two exhibitions, not only look at two subsequent generations of weavers but provide an intimate look into each artist’s practice and experimentation with ancient processes. “We’re thrilled to be able to expose our students, and the public, to three different generations of artists who use historical fiber processes to make contemporary work,” Brandt said.
Additionally, MICA’s Accumulation & Metaphor students, led by Brandt, will exhibit their works crafted out of Tawney’s studio materials, donated by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, from Wednesday, Dec. 5–Thursday, Dec. 13.
Deluxe Edition of Departures and Returns, Sandra Brownlee
Sandra Brownlee: Keeping On
December 7 - March 17
In two deeply investigated bodies of work—woven mark-making and tactile notebooks—Sandra Brownlee has built a world entire. Her immense capacity for wonder—wonder experienced in the tactile, material, and visual world around her, and in the inner life of the mind’s eye—is revealed through her devotional practice, where delight meets definition through a decades-long commitment to improvisational response.
Ellen Burchenal, Studio installation of digital images
Ellen Burchenal: Sorrento Again
November 28 - January 13
MICA presents a solo exhibition of the coordinator of the MICA Sorrento, Italy Summer program, Ellen Burchenal. "I create drawings on paper and on walls with charcoal, ink, pastel and paint. The repetitive and tactile drawing action makes sense to me as I build a convincing image."
Faculty Exhibition Installation, Decker Gallery
2012 Juried Faculty Exhibition
Decker & Meyerhoff & Pinkard Galleries
October 26 -November 18
It... features the work of MICA's world-renowned full-time faculty, highlighting their diversity in content, medium and style. This year, the show is juried, allowing a select number of faculty members to exhibit a substantial body of work.
Serving as juror is artist and art historian Melissa Ho, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In her time at the Hirshhorn, Ho has co-curated the exhibition Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection with Mika Yoshitake and is coordinating the exhibition Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt, which will run through December 2014. Previously, Ho acted as exhibition consultant on Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as curatorial assistant on the
retrospective Barnett Newman at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ho has taught at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.
Participating Artists: video and film arts faculty member Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib; photography faculty member Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman; foundation and painting faculty member Fabienne Lasserre; fiber faculty member Aaron McIntosh; The Poyais Group with fiber faculty member Olivia Robinson '98 (fiber), Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir and Jesse Stiles; maya.rouvelle with graphic design faculty member Lili Maya and Chair of Interaction Design and Art James Rouvelle; painting faculty member Jo Smail; and printmaking faculty member Eva Wylie.
2012 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Decker Gallery
Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Decker & Meyerhoff Galleries
September 27 -October 21
The work in this annual exhibition is a selection of the best submissions from all four years of undergraduate students. From hundreds of entries, approximately 100 will be chosen in a variety of disciplines based on artistic merit, creativity and vision.
This year, Jack Livingston and Karyn Miller will serve as jurors. Livingston is a writer, visual artist, educator and community activist who is currently the executive editor at Radar Redux, a collaborative online arts and cultural magazine that was created in partnership with MICA and the Johns Hopkins University. He was previously associate director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and continues to exhibit his paintings nationally. Miller is currently the director of visual arts and communications at Cultural Development Corporation, where she is responsible for overseeing the artist selection and recruitment process at Flashpoint Gallery. Previously, she was the gallery director at Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C.
Selected students for the 2012 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition are: Amanda Adams, Matthew Adelberg, Megan Armstrong, Erick Benitez, Lolitta Borovyk, Jenna Borstelmann, Gage Branda, Alex Bucher, Mary Buckingham, Kathryn Carey, Irem Cetinor, Grace Chan, Dana Chang, Alicia Ciambrone, Jessica Condon, Melissa Crisco, Anna Crooks, June Culp, Lorrayne Dever, Sara Dittrich, Shelsea Dodd, Vivian Doering, William Dunaway, Livia Erwin, Peter Ferguson, Emma Fineman, Mikael Flores-Amper, Evyn Fong, Turner Gillespie, Samantha Grassi, Hannah Hiaasen, Bailey Higgins, Christopher Hinojosa, Yeona Kim, Michelle Kim, Adam LaFon, Rei Lem, Amanda Madrigal, Jameson Magrogan, Marcel Mandeng-Nken, Devin Martin, Erin McKnight, Benjamin McNutt, Marria Nakhoda, Michael Negri, Sarah Olmsted, Karen Palsdottir, Elizabeth Pecora, Jordan Pemberton, Aaron Pennington, Nina Perlman, Ashley Pratt, Evan Price, Kali Puder, Alexandra Puleo, Jasmine Pullen-Schmidt, Julia Rappazzo, Lesley Rivera, Evan Roche, Anne Rochelle, Patrick Schlotterback, Fiona Sergeant, Stephanie Shafer, Katherine Sterflinger, Walker Teiser, Kaitlin Tobin, Rebecca Vaughan-Geib, Jaime Waltos, Mark Wehberg, Daniel Well and Micah Wood.
Phyllis Plattner, Chronicles of War/Saints and Martyrs, 2007
Phyllis Plattner: Chronicles of War: Other People's Pictures
September 28 - October 21
MICA will present Other People's Pictures, an exhibition of paneled, altarpiece-shaped paintings based on art historic imagery and photo journalism by faculty member Phyllis Plattner. Painted in oil and gold leaf, these paintings grow out of the profound impact of her experiences living for extended periods of time in foreign cultures--mainly in Chiapas, Mexico and Tuscany, Italy--as well as from her horror at the ubiquity of war in global history.