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MICA Art Market Offers Holiday Shopping for Unique Gifts, Dec. 7–10

Blockbuster event received recognition by Baltimore Sun, Arrive magazine, Urbanite, others

Posted 11.03.11 by MICA Communications

A vendor at a previous MICA Art Market.

BALTIMORE—MICA presents its fifth annual MICA Art Market Wednesday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall lobby of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. This festive sale, featuring original work by more than 250 MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff, includes one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, textiles, book arts, toys and wrapping paper.

Holiday shoppers and collectors can discover work by emerging artists as well as find collectibles from leading artists in their respective fields. Visitors can talk one-on-one with the artists about their work while enjoying the market's lively atmosphere and supporting the local economy.

Sponsored in part by the MICA Alumni Association and MICA's M.P.S. in The Business of Art and Design program, the market fosters student professional development and peer-to-peer networking, and provides funding for need-based student scholarships. Last year, competitive scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to four MICA students: Holden Brown '13 (video and film arts), Anna Blythe Moore '12 (painting), Ryan von Dohlen '12 (graphic design) and Mia Weiner '13 (fiber). Ryan and Mia both participated in last year's Art Market as vendors.

Vendors will accept the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, MICARD, cash and check. Admission to the market is free.

Art Market was featured and recognized in a number of regional publications, including the Afro-American, Arrive, Baltimore magazine, b the site, City Paper, Style magazine, Maryland Office of Tourism and Development, Urbanite magazine and Where Baltimore. Here are some of the highlights:
READ: MICA Art Market: b's exclusive preview (front-cover story)
READ: Baltimore Sun, Craft Central


Additional information on some participating artists:

Tania Talbot, Tierra Coastal Herb PotsIllustrator, printmaker and MICA student Tania Talbot began Tierra Costal Herbs with the novice gardener in mind. The all-in-one growing kit comes in a hand painted flower pot and contains organic seeds, a screen printed Japanese stab-bounded booklet with planting, maintenance and background information, and an identifying marker - plus a screen printed poster as a bonus.

The playful, humorous work by senior Paige Vickers relies on an interest in storytelling and color that she's had since her formative years growing up in Texas. "It's important to realize that original thought has been recycled since the beginning of time and to embrace the works of others within the realm of your own," said Vickers, who plans to have recipe books, zines, cards, postcards, buttons and screen printed tees available for sale.

Ursula Minervini, Red Deer Notecard, letterpress from a woodcut and handset typeWhen she's not teaching printmaking at MICA's School for Professional and Continuing Studies, Ursula Minervini '05 and her partner Jonathan Poliszuk run Pellinore Press. The couple craft distinctive stationary, sketchbooks, prints and novelties from original woodcuts and handset type on a vintage Vandercook Proof Press. 

Jodi Hoover '99 is the assistant director of the media resources collection at MICA, but said she is really an illustrator at heart. She holds a B.F.A. in illustration from MICA and a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland. She has consistently shown her drawings and prints over the last decade, and has a passion for screen printing and bookbinding.

Natalie Jacob '11 has been participating in Art Market since its inaugural year in 2007. As an alumna, she will continue to sell her handmade jewelry that is made from board games and reworked vintage jewelry. Her work is sold in stores around the United States and has been featured in Venus Zine and Gutter Magazine.

 


 

Image Captions (top to bottom): A vendor at a previous MICA Art Market; Tania Talbot, Tierra Coastal Herb Pots; Ursula Minervini, Red Deer Notecard, letterpress from a woodcut and handset type.

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.


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