Six New Faculty Members Bring Their Wide-Ranging Expertise to the College
Posted 09.19.13 by MICA Communications
BALTIMORE - During the 2013-2014 school year, MICA welcomes six new full-time faculty members to the College's community. Individually contributing their unique experiences as artists, designers and educators, MICA's new faculty includes:
Frank Fantauzzi has taught architecture in numerous programs in the United States, Canada and Finland since 1988. At the same time, he has been engaged in an active art practice, often focusing on large-scale installations and constructions. His multidisciplinary works probe built environments to explore the cultural dimensions of society and the parallels between social and tectonic structures. He is a founding member of the collaborative icebergproject.org.
Kristian Bjørnard '09 (Graphic Design) is a designer, educator and sustainabilitist. He is the director of The Office of Kristian Bjørnard, a design studio focused on publishing in all forms. While Bjørnard holds his bachelor's and master's degrees in art, he nearly became an engineer. An exploration of physics and mathematics, filtered through the lenses of painting and drawing, led Bjørnard to graphic design. His current design research revolves around sustainability and re-usable systems.
Elizabeth Holden Wagenheim's professional interests are in program development and evaluation, service learning and the role of vocabulary in language learning. She has run community-based English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and has worked as an ESL specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education. In addition to work in the United States, she has conducted teacher training in Hungary and Senegal. Wagenheim has served in the leadership of Maryland Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
LaToya M. Hobbs' work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity. Her exhibition experience includes several national and international exhibitions, and her work has been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.
J. Sam Sheffield '06 (Digital Arts) is a Baltimore-based artist and educator whose recent solo and collaborative works have been shown both nationally and internationally. From 2009 to 2011, he lived in Nara, Japan, researching gaming culture and teaching English to high school students. Since 2010, Sheffield has collaborated with Barry Whittaker under the collective name SaBa, creating a series of art entertainment projects exploring game-like simulations and playful, highly physical interfaces.
David Brooks has exhibited at the Miami Art Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Bold Tendencies in South London, Sculpture Center in New York and MoMA/PS1 where he had a two-year major installation. In November 2011, he opened Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5000-square-foot earthwork commissioned by the Art Production Fund. Brooks received academic degrees from Cooper Union and Columbia University. In 2010, he received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation in 2012.
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 B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A., M.A./M.B.A., M.A.T., M.P.S. 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. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, 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.