Emmy-winning make-up artist speaks to students about creating and the struggle to succeed
Posted 12.17.10 by MICA Communications
There is no straight path to where you want to go.
BALTIMORE--MICA graduated more than three dozen emerging professional artists during the December 2010 Commencement on Friday, Dec. 17. The artists and designers who completed their study graduated from programs including: animation; art history, theory and criticism; drawing; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interaction design and art; interdisciplinary sculpture; painting; photography; and printmaking.
MICA alumnus Reggie Wells '71 was the ceremony's keynote speaker. An Emmy award winning make-up artist for celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Brooke Shields, Wells encouraged the students to let their creative nature guide their careers for the rest of their lives. He challenged them to use their ability to see art in every aspect of life as a strategic advantage.
"You create every time you move," he said. "You create every time you eat, you create every time you sleep, you create every time you do your hair and you create every time you wake up. As artists, we are just blessed to know it."
Wells told the story of his own rise to prominence, from his days as a Baltimore public school student to his matriculation at MICA, and from his days as a three-time Teacher of the Year in Baltimore to his current role as international creative director for Hissyfit Cosmetics. He told the students that their ability to be creative and flexible in their daily lives was critical because, "there is no straight path to where you want to go." In his case, he told the students "I knocked and knocked until they had to open the door." To be successful, he said that sometimes, as artists, the students might have to "kick your way and knock some doors down."