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City Paper's Annual Top Ten Issue Features MICA Classes, Faculty, Alumni

Seven of the top 10 'Year in Visual Art' items are MICA-related

Posted 12.09.09 by MICA Media Relations

Laure Drogoul '81, Bozo Prison (for four or more)

BALTIMORE--MICA classes, faculty and alumni are honored en masse in the City Paper's annual Top Ten edition. Of the 10 exhibitions named as the stars of the year, MICA had its hand in at least seven of them, plus the College gets a nod in the story's introduction, noting how thrifty and inventive the College's students can be.

Listed as the No. 1 show of the year is the Laure Drogoul: Follies, Predicaments and Other Conundrums exhibition that MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar organized. Highlighting the 25-year career of Drogoul '81, the exhibition is called a "brilliant and astounding masterpiece" by the City Paper.

At No. 3 is Abandon Ship, the Current Gallery's swan song. The final exhibition was curated on an invite and proposal basis, and MICA alumni and Current artists Gary Kachadourian '79, Andrew Liang '02 and Audrey Collins Petrich '04 (a current MICA staff member) led the show.

No. 4 is Gallery Four's Protocol: Syntax/Semantics, featuring Shaun Flynn '01, Brian Randolph '01 and Hadieh Shafie, a MICA staff member, all of whom the City Paper calls "witty visual minds."

An installation involving a bathtub by Morgan Showalter '92 helped win Area 405's Sink/Float the No. 5 spot on the list.

Fiber professor Piper Shepard was one of five contemporary female artists featured in Towson University's Exuberant Pattern show, which is awarded the No. 6 slot. The City Paper calls Shepard's large-scale compositions "magical in their density, labor, and intricacy."

At No. 8 is Decoy from the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, which was curated by MICA alumna Erin Cluley '05 and featured the works of several other MICA alumni, including Kendra Hebel '08, Paul Jeanes '06 (also foundation adjunct faculty), Michael Mansfield '07, Jenny Mullins '09 and Kimberly Ruppert '08.

And rounding out the list, at No. 10, is Jo Smail: Conjurations at Goya Contemporary. Painting faculty member Jo Smail's exhibition "provided an intimate but intellectually rigorous look at a painter continuously mining her ideas," the City Paper says.

Also noted, and ranked in both The Year in Music (No. 2) and The Year in Local Music (No. 3) top 10 lists, was MICA alumni band Double Dagger, with members Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01.


Image caption: Laure Drogoul '81, Bozo Prison (for four or more) detail, 1999. Sculpture/Performance, 25'ht. Mixed media, sound, four performers

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.