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Galleries Led by Alumni Spread Throughout Baltimore

An increased number of MICA graduates are choosing to remain in Maryland, some beginning ambitious careers running local galleries.

Posted 01.01.12 by mica communications

Installation by MICA student Jonathan Latiano in the upstairs Members' Gallery at School 33.

An increased number of MICA graduates are choosing to remain in Maryland, some beginning ambitious careers at local galleries. The following is a look at some of the spaces where MICA alumni are working to shape Baltimore's cultural scene.

Current Gallery
Since November 2004, Current Gallery has served as a studio and headquarters for cultural production, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Co-founders Michael Benevento '05, Andrew Liang '02, and Monique Crabb '09 are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

Diliberto Gallery
Established in 2004 by Michael Diliberto '75, this gallery in Fells Point specializes in contemporary landscape painting by Baltimore and mid-Atlantic artists. Featured artists are typically established or in mid-career, with an emphasis on both representational and Impressionist styles.

Jordan Faye Contemporary
Jordan Faye Block '05 founded this gallery with the idea that exhibitions should meet the specific needs of artists and art enthusiasts in Baltimore. Now in its fifth year, the gallery showcases the work of early- to midcareer artists and provides educational opportunities for emerging artists within the region. Located in the heart of the Federal Hill neighborhood, the gallery is housed in a historic former branch of the Enoch Pratt Library.

New Door Creative GalleryNew Door Creative Gallery
Founded in 2004 and owned by MICA staff member Michelle Weatherly '98, New Door Creative Gallery in Station North Arts District is a fine arts gallery that represents artists of local and international renown. In addition to presenting exhibitions and fine art events, New Door also offers fine art services that include corporate sales and conservation framing.

Open Space Gallery
A group of 13 MICA students and friends came together in 2009 to start Open Space Gallery, a converted auto garage in the Remington neighborhood that aims to supply an outlet for local, national, and international artists. Founders are: Eric Bos '11, Chris Day '08, Neal Reinalda '09, Conor Stechschulte '08, Brendan Sullivan '09, Andrew Kennedy '10, Geoff Kixmiller '10, Pete Razon '09, Matt Bettine '09, Molly O'Connell '08, Scotty Ache '09, Erin McAleavey '10, Eric Stiner '08, Adam Vorozilchak, and Eddie ‘Harvey' Melchor. This past March, the space opened a reading room with a rotating selection of artist books and printed matter.

Studio 33School 33
René Trevino '05, exhibitions coordinator at School 33, is helping to uphold the gallery's mission to bridge the gap between contemporary artists and the general public. Established in 1979 as a neighborhood center for contemporary art, School 33 not only showcases emerging and established artists, but also organizes educational programs for city schools and budding artists from Baltimore and beyond.

The Whole Gallery
Located on the third floor of the H&H building downtown, The Whole Gallery is a nonprofit exhibition space lived in and run by a group of resident artists, including MICA alumni Emily Condon-Douglas '05 and Jessie Unterhalter '05 '10.

Image captions (top to bottom): Installation by MICA student Jonathan Latiano in the upstairs Members' Gallery at School 33; New Door Creative Gallery; The main gallery at Studio 33 during the recent Studio Artist Biennial, featuring the work of Aaron Yamada-Hanff '06, Kenneth Yee '10, Susan Faden '06 and Jowita Wyszomirska.