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MICA Announces New Faculty Members

Three new full-time faculty members joined the College this academic year

Posted 12.22.09 by MICA media relations

BALTIMORE-Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announces the appointments of new full-time faculty members who have joined the art and design College's world-renowned roster of educators during the 2009-10 academic year. They include: Jason Corace, interaction design and art; Francesca Gamber, M.A. in Community Arts (MACA); and Sarah Oppenheimer, Mount Royal School of Art.

Undergraduate faculty
Jason Corace is a media artist and educator whose work and research are focused on the exploration of interactive design, data visualization and game design. This fall he joined the interaction design and art department after several years of teaching at Parsons the New School for Design and New York University, both in New York City. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and an M.F.A. from Parsons. Corace has worked as a senior information designer at the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping and as a producer at GVOX Music Software. He also was a partner in a collaborative design studio, Double Triple, that works in Web, video, print and identity design.

Graduate faculty
Francesca Gamber started this summer as the AmeriCorps coordinator for the Community Arts Corps (CAC) at MICA, and she is an adjunct for MACA as well. She has received research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, as well as a graduate scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She was a visiting scholar in the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2008-09. Before coming to MICA, she worked in public education and youth programs at Greater Homewood Community Corporation in Baltimore. Her scholarship in African-American and women's history has been published in Slavery and Abolition, the Journal of African American History, the Women's Review of Books and several anthologies. Gamber earned a B.A. in Afro-American studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, was elected Phi Beta Kappa and received the Alain Locke Prize for academic achievement. She will complete a Ph.D. in African-American history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2010.

Sarah Oppenheimer is an artist-in-residence who started in the fall with the Mount Royal School of Art; she is one of three long-term visiting faculty members in the department. She has exhibited her 3-D experiential artwork both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Prior to coming to MICA, Oppenheimer taught at the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Conn., as a critic and assistant professor, and has guest lectured at the American Academy in Berlin; Brooklyn College; Columbia University, New York; Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.; Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; the Yale University School of Architecture; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Oppenheimer received an M.F.A. from Yale University and a B.A. in semiotics from Brown University in Providence, R.I.

In addition, the following full-time faculty members joined the MICA community during the 2008-09 academic year: Dr. Jenny Carson, art history, theory and criticism; Daniel D'Oca, art history, theory and criticism; Kristine Woods, fiber and foundation; Jason Sloan, interaction design and art and foundation; Jenna Frye, foundation; Allan Comport, illustration; Paul Jaskunas, language, literature and culture; Jennifer Wallace, language, literature and culture; Dr. Michael Sizer, language, literature and culture; Patricia Cronin, painting; Nate Larson, photography; and Colette Veasey-Cullors, photography. The new graduate faculty members were: Stacey McKenna, M.A. in Teaching (MAT); Dr. John Penny, Summer Low-Residency M.F.A. in Studio Art (MFAST); Beth Thomas, MAT/Summer Low-Residency M.A. in Art Education (MAEE); and Shyla Rao, MAT and five-year combined B.F.A./MAT program.

For more information, please call 410-225-2300.


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.