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MICA Announces Nine New Full-Time Faculty Members

New Instructors Offer Expertise From a Wide-Range of Fields

Posted 10.05.11 by mica communications

BALTIMORE -- As programming expands across campus, so has the number of full-time faculty members who have joined MICA's roster of instructors during the 2011-12 school year. Coming from world-renowned, wide-ranging, successful careers as artists, designers and educators, the new freshman class of faculty includes:

Curatorial Practice
Jeffry Cudlin has worked as an artist, critic, educator and curator. He often uses performance, cross-disciplinary collaboration and parody to create opportunities for awkward encounters. In his most recent project, By Request at Washington, D.C.'s Flashpoint Gallery, Cudlin used polling data to create what he claimed was the ideal art exhibition-featuring only images of himself. Cudlin also served as director of exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center for the past five years and is a freelance art critic for the Washington Post and Washington City Paper.

Foundation
Stephen Hendee produces ambitious sculpture and installation works for art museums and public commissions inspired by architecture and speculative fiction literature. Hendee's work has been shown at SculptureCenter, the New Museum for Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art's PS1 in New York.

Ulric Joseph, Jr. '99 '00 studied computer science at the University of the West Indies and left the Caribbean to receive a B.A. in painting and an M.F.A. in Digital Art from MICA on a scholarship. He has exhibited extensively in America, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Joseph combines diverse elements to create highly evocative pieces that speak to the human condition in the digital age.

Aaron McIntosh grew up in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee, where his family's economic challenges and domestic activities such as quilt making have figured largely in his visual vocabulary. His work explores the intersections of material culture, family tradition and identity-shaping. His teaching experience includes positions as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and as the fiber area head at James Madison University.

Graphic Design
Sandra Maxa is a graphic designer and educator with an extensive background in typography and systems design. Maxa worked on corporate branding projects in Minneapolis and with publishing clients in New York before forming the multidisciplinary studio, Q Collective. Maxa has taught visual studies, typography and publication design at Rutgers University, Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute.

Mark Sanders worked as a project designer and manager of large-scale hotel projects in Atlanta before choosing to earn an M.F.A. in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sanders has taught identity, systems and publication design at Rutgers University, experimental typography at Parsons the New School of Design, and typography, design and technology at Pratt Institute.

Illustration
Shadra Strickland has worked as a teacher, book designer and artist's assistant along her artistic path. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott, and co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar, winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She also illustrated A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, a story of four children in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina written by Renee Watson, as well as White Water, which tackles the subject of segregation in the Jim Crow South.

Deanna Staffo '03 is a Philadelphia-based illustrator whose work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators West and The Altpick Awards (2nd place in Series Illustration). Her work has been published in the Communication Arts Fresh List (August 2005) and Taschen's Illustration Now!. She received her B.F.A. in illustration with honors from MICA, where she later taught sophomore and junior illustration students. She also teaches junior illustration majors at the University of the Arts.

Printmaking
Eva Wylie's work juxtaposes organic imagery with images that intimate how humanity and its detritus merge into the natural world. She was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007 and is a 2006 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant recipient. Wylie was a member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia for six years and has upcoming exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Space 1026.

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.