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MICA Community Featured in Off-Campus Events, Exhibitions This December

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are involved in these events & exhibitions throughout the holiday season

Posted 12.01.11 by mica communications

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Philip Koch, Banner, oil on panel, 40 x 32

Members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the world in December 2011. Here are the highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):

BALTIMORE AREA

Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap
December 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Michael Bracco '01 '02 (illustration, MAT), Shawna Pincus-Bracco '02 (general sculptural studies) and Mary Walsh-Reynolds (Manager of MICA's Writing Studio and the Learning Resource Center)
Sixty of the best local and national crafters will come together to sell their work. There will also be a yarn-spinning demonstration by Three Ravens, a raffle to win a basket of goodies, and lunch and snacks by GrrChe, a local food truck.

Boundary Proof
On view through December 3, Guest Spot, 1826 Fleet St.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Cyle Metzger '10 (Mount Royal)
• Boundary Proof is a group exhibition that features three artists whose works address cultural use of border limitations, and the ability to navigate beyond and challenge specific cultural red lines. Each in their own right justifies expectations associated with their subject and examines contextual and metaphoric limitations, thus pushing past preconceived ideas.

Studio Mixx
On view through December 10, Subbasement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Fletcher Mackey (faculty) and students
• Students of Studio Mixx, a new course at MICA taught by faculty member Fletcher Mackey, will present their semester's work at Subbasement Artist Studios. Offered through the Painting Department and open to all majors, the works in the exhibit present a wide range of content and ideas from Spoken Word to figurative painting. The 20 students will be present at a reception on November 12 from 7 to 9pm.

Current Work at Current Space
On view December 10-11 (Opening Reception December 10, 6-8 p.m.), Current Gallery, 421 N. Howard
MICA CONNECTIONS: Irena Azovsky '12, Ryssa Buckingham '13, Aaron Chung '13, Terrance David '13, Giovanni Flores '13, Heather Kaehler '13, Hanna Kim '13, Gaby Marino '13, Casey Reeder '12, Justin Schmidt '12 and Andy Vible '12

Plein Air Painting with Paul
On view through December 11, Art Under Ground Studio, 826 W. 36th Street
MICA CONNECTION: Former Faculty member Paul Moscatt

Riches and Ruin
On view through December 17, Open Space Gallery, 2720 Sisson Street
MICA CONNECTION: Benjamin Kelley '10 (Rinehart)

Painting on the Brink
On view December 18-January 29, World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 E. Pratt Street
MICA CONNECTIONS: Students from the Painting Department
Students from the Painting Department's On the Brink class, taught by Dominic Terlizzi, will have an exhibition opening at the World Trade Center Baltimore in the Downtown Inner Harbor. The selected works will showcase each artist's interpretation of regional identity. The class will curate the space with a variety of approaches ranging from abstract color fields, found material assemblage, portraits of Baltimoreans, iconic architecture, and plein-air studies. The exhibition will be open to the public with works for sale by contacting the artists.

MICA Environmental Design Department Design/Build Exhibition
On view through December 22, AIA Baltimore, 11 1/2 West Chase St.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Environmental Design Department
• The AIA Baltimore will be hosting an exhibition abou the Environmental Design Department's effort to design and build a transitional shelter prototype.

Hard Workin' Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry
On view through December 31, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway
MICA CONNECTIONS: Curated byAshley Minner '05 '07 '11 (B.F.A., M.A. in Community Arts, M.F.A. in Community Arts)
Hard Workin' Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry explores the Lumbee Indians migration to Baltimore City. They came, like many others seeking employment in local industries with the hopes to improve their quality of life. Thousands of Lumbee Indians settled in southeastern Baltimore concentrating in a 64-block area from Broadway to Patterson Park, many worked in drywall, sheetrock, and other construction trades, while other Lumbee Indians worked in factories, sewing plants or were self-employed.

Paintings by Glenn Walker
On view through January 6, 2012, University of Baltimore Student Center Gallery, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Glenn F. Walker
• Glenn F. Walker, who died in 1988, is one of Baltimore's best kept secrets. A painter and graduate of MICA, he created exciting works in many different media and styles. This retrospective, organized by Shelley Amsel and Buzz Cusack, features 20 of his pieces.

Degrees of Absence
On view through January 10, Goya Contemporary, 300 Chestnut Ave.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Painting faculty member Jo Smail

Illuminated Void
On view through January 14, C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles Street
MICA CONNECTION: Chul Hyun Ahn '02 (Mount Royal)

Feats of Monumentaility
On view through January 20, Baltimore Washington International Thursgood Marshall Airport (BWI), International Terminal, Concourse E
MICA CONNECTIONS: Evan Boggess '11 (Hoffberger), Jeffrey Kent '10 (Hoffberger), Linling Lu '11 (Hoffberger), Steven Pearson '97 (Hoffberger), Jennifer Tam '12 (painting)
Feats of Monumentality, on the upper level of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport International Terminal, features large-scale abstract paintings by Baltimore-based artists who are emerging onto the forefront of contemporary painting. These artworks embody the colorful, playful, fearless aesthetic that is characteristic of Subbasement Artist Studios, and are innovative in their use of material, form, and technique. Although the practice of painting is thousands of years old, these four artists demonstrate that there are still frontiers of painting that have yet to be explored.

The Road
On view through January 30,  Sascha's 527, 527 N. Charles Street
MICA CONNECTIONS: Janet Pope '77 (Painting)

WASHINGTON, DC AREA

In Between
On view through December 3, Hamiltonian Gallery,1353 U Street NW
MICA connection: Nora Howell '10 '11 (M.A. in Community Arts & M.F.A. in Community Arts)
• Through sculptural installation, video and photography, artists David Page and Hamiltonian Fellow, Nora Howell have created new work driven by both their observations of society and their own personal histories concerning issues of identity, power systems, fear and safety. Differing in artistic tone and subject both artists delve into and explore the semiotics of identity infused in everyday exchanges.

Sculpting with Satellites
On view December 10 through January 21, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW
MICA connection: Ryan Hoover '06 (Mount Royal)
• In his new body of work, Sculpting with Satellites, Ryan Hoover explores multiple modes of space - from the lived space of the his neighborhood, to the abstracted spatial language of GPS, into the Cartesian space of 3D modeling software, and back out into compositional and physical space of drawing and sculpture.

Artwork by Rachel SitkinFall Solos
On view through December 30, Arlington Art Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
MICA CONNECTIONS: Rachel Sitkin '02 (painting), Chloe Watson '10 (Mount Royal), Jason Irla '10 (Mount Royal) and Stephanie Elaine Robbins '03 '04 (M.A. digital arts, M.F.A. photo & digital imaging)
• DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia, selected this year's crop of promising emerging contemporary artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Fall SOLOS artists are: Arden Bendler Browning, David D'Orio, Matt Dunn, Jason Irla, Stephanie Elaine Robbins, Rachel Sitkin, and Chloe Watson.

NEW YORK

Work by Lori LarussoSplash!
On view through December 3, Porter Contemporary, 548 W. 28th St., 3rd Floor, NYC
MICA CONNECTIONS: Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
Splash! focuses on thirteen artists' ideas about color and how it manifests itself in the work. Porter Contemporary reached outside their normal repertoire of artists and held an open call to not only receive images for consideration but also artists' thoughts on color. Artworks range in medium and include: photography, wood, watercolors, acrylics, oil, ceramics and other mixed medium items. Many of the works are abstract and dissect different subject matters that range from the middle-America cut outs by Lori Larusso to Aoife O'Donnell's photographs of cancer cells.

1+1=11
On view through December 4, Like the Spice Gallery, 224 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY
MICA CONNECTIONS: Allie Rex '02 (general fine arts) and Brian LaRossa '01, '02 (MFA Digital Arts)
•  A new exhibition by artists Allie Rex and Brian LaRossa, two artists confronting time with layered processes and site-specific installations. Their individual efforts, which have interacted conceptually and contextually over their thirteen-year relationship, span several mediums. They independently reveal contradictions between momentary awareness and the conceptual understanding of past and future. LaRossa presents multiple allegories within a single moment, utilizing unconscious interjections and his own multitude of digital manipulations to challenge sequential time. Rex's repetition provokes a transformation of time, expanding upon the illusions of the present. Each artist's work aims to isolate the present yet allow all indications of time to converge.

Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest
December 9, 8 p.m., the Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus, Brooklyn
MICA CONNECTION: Takeshi Yamada '85 (painting)
• Groove to furry tunes and video, see an illustrated lecture on taxidermy, and imbibe ferocious specialty drinks at this taxidermy contest.

Wreath Interpretations
Artist's Reception December 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Arsenal Gallery in the Arsenal in Central Park, 5th Ave. at 64th St., Third Floor
MICA CONNECTION: Takeshi Yamada '85 (painting)
• This year's exhibition offers an eclectic collection of over 30 wreath interpretations, from classic organic to contemporary styles. More traditional wreaths are made from birch bark and harvested rice stalks, while other artists used more eclectic materials, such as paintbrushes, chopsticks, soldered metals, piano keys, a doily measuring 8' and even money! This year, artists have approached a number of different themes including the use of animal furs in fashion, worldwide drought, extinct Pterodactyls, the 99%, and the coronation of Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

Paintings and Photography by David Johnson and Katherine Johnson
On view through December 15, Jadite Galleries, 413 West 50th Street, New York, NY
MICA CONNECTION: David Johnson '80 (painting)

Performance Anxiety
On view through December 20, Stadium, 548 W 28th St, Suite 636, New York, NY
MICA CONNECTION: Curated by Nicolas Djandji '08
• Stadium's inaugural exhibition. Employing mass-produced products designed for bodily self-improvement, the artists in Performance Anxiety explore contemporary manifestations of consumer culture. Here, the notion that the pursuit of athletic, hygienic, and professional perfection should be sought through the constant purchase of new products is cast into doubt. Through a series of works arresting these normally utilitarian, performance-enhancing products in sculpture, Performance Anxiety waxes upon the paradoxical, collectively shared desire of the present-day individual to become superhuman--physically fit, sexually attractive, and immaculately groomed-by way of altering the body's chemistry and obscuring its most basic functions. Contextualizing these items as aesthetic elements rather than functional goods, each artist carves a meditative space reflecting upon the absurd modus operandi of these products.

Daeng'gi Kimchi Factory
On view from December 22 through January 15, CUCHIFRITOS, 120 Essec Street, NYC
Opening Reception: December 22, 5-7 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 22, 30 and January 6, 13 from 3-4 p.m.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Flora Choi '10
• Splash! focuses on thirteen artists' ideas about color and how it manifests itself in the work. Porter Contemporary reached outside their normal repertoire of artists and held an open call to not only receive images for consideration but also artists' thoughts on color. Artworks range in medium and include: photography, wood, watercolors, acrylics, oil, ceramics and other mixed medium items. Many of the works are abstract and dissect different subject matters that range from the middle-America cut outs by Lori Larusso to Aoife O'Donnell's photographs of cancer cells.

Works by Jacqueline Maloney
On view through January 9, Greenport Art and Design, 117 Main Street, Greenport, NY
MICA CONNECTION: Jacqueline Maloney '10

Altered Truths Fractured Myths
On view through January 9 (Artists Talk December 3 3 p.m.), City Arts Gallery, 440 E. Oliver Street
MICA CONNECTION: Jessica Damen '01 (Hoffberger)

Constructed Drawings
On view through January 16 (Gallery Talk December 4 12:30 p.m.), Guild Hall Museum, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
MICA CONNECTION: Drew Shiflett '78 (Hoffberger)

WEST VIRGINIA

Preserving a Legacy: 25 Years of Collecting
On view through January 8, 2012, Clay Center, One Clay Square, Charleston, WV
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Radakovich '77 (Painting)

PENNSYLVANIA

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh: 101st Annual Exhibition
On view through December 18, Society of Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
MICA CONNECTION: Charlotte Ka '98 (MFA Studio Art)

Two Brothers - Two Profiles
On view through December 23, Projects Gallery, 629 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
MICA CONNECTION: Ira Upin '73 (Hoffberger)

2011 Factory InstalledPoster from Factory Installed
On view through May 2012, The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh
MICA CONNECTIONS: Natalia Gonzalez
• Six international artists, including Natalia Gonzalez from Bolivia, were chosen from 600 artist-submitted portfolios to work in residence at the Mattress Factory in September and October to create works for an exhibition on view from October 28 to February 26, 2012.

VIRGINIA

New Work: Isabel Bigelow
On view through December 23, Reynolds Gallery, 1514 West Main Street, Richmond, VA
MICA CONNECTION: Isabel Bigelow '80 (Mt. Royal)

Archipelago
On view through December 31, ADA Gallery, 228 Wst Broad Street, Richmond, VA
MICA CONNECTION: Jenny Kendler ‘02 '06 (fine arts, M.A. fine arts)
- In Archipelago, Kendler's intricate drawings, sculptures and installations suggest the possibility of an intimate and visceral relationship with nature. While cross-pollinating genres and media, Kendler employs the visual languages of fragility, ornamentation and intricacy to echo the subtle and mysterious relationships of the natural world.

MICHIGAN

Banner, oil on panel, 40 x 32Unbroken Thread: The Art of Philip Koch
On view December 9 through February 19, 2012, Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 North Michigan Ave., Saginaw
Reception and Artist Talk: December 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Phillip Koch (drawing and foundation departments faculty member)

MINNESOTA

Graphic Design: Now in Production
On view through January 22, Walker Art Center
MICA CONNECTIONS: Faculty member Ellen Lupton
• This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. With the rise of user-generated content and new creative software, along with innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media. At the same time, designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences.

FLORIDA

Artwork by Jenee MateerScope Miami 2011
On view through December 4, Scope Pavillion (Presented by Jordan Faye Contemporary and Hamiltonian Gallery), NE 1st Ave. (Midtown Blvd.) at NE 30th St., Miami
MICA CONNECTION: Lori Larrusso '05 (Mount Royal), Jenne Mateer '96 (MFA Photography) and Jenny Sidhu '09 

Jungle Sweat, Roseate
On view through January 16, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miamia Ave., Miami
MICA CONNECTION: Naomi Fisher '98 (Photography)
• South Florida native Naomi Fisher weaves her lifelong memories of Vizcaya within a fictional narrative to create Jungle Sweat, Roseate, a video piece and installation on view throughout the Main House. Fisher's ongoing exploration of nature and our desire to tame it comes into focus at Vizcaya, where the imposition of formal architecture on a native landscape presents striking contrasts. The work features a female character who stumbles upon Vizcaya from the depths of the mangroves, covered in the residue of nature. Fisher tells the fantastical story of the woman's experiences in this new environment and her struggles to dethrone the "civilized" Lady of the House.

WASHINGTON

Poetic Visions
On view through March 4, 2012, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham
MICA CONNECTION: Lesley Dill '80 (Mount Royal)
• Lesley Dill is one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language and fine art. Her elegant sculptures, art installations, mixed-media photographs, and evocative performances draw from both her travels abroad and profound interests in spirituality and the world's faith traditions. Exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche, Dill invests new meaning in the human form. Intellectually and aesthetical engaging, the core of her work emerges from an essential, visionary awareness of the world.

CALIFORNIA

Snap to the Grid
On view December 8 through December 30, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 102 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA
MICA CONNECTION: Jessica Schimpf '10

Horizon
On view December 10 through January 28, HungryMan Gallery, 485 14th St., San Francisco
MICA CONNECTION: Christine Kesler '02 (general fine arts)
• HungryMan Gallery San Francisco presents works by Christine Kesler and Emmy Thelander. This collaboration reflects a conversation that transformed into a game of addition and reduction. Kesler and Thelander present collaborative and individual works. Much of their process was fully dependent on digital tools, which allowed them to transcend their three thousand miles of space.

UNITED KINGDOM

Lost in Lace: New Approaches by UK and International Artists
On view through February 19, 2012, Birmingham Museum Art Gallery, Birmingham
MICA CONNECTION: Fiber Department Chair Piper Shepard
• According to the exhibition website, "Lost in Lace will see 20 leading international artists take over the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 29 October 2011 to 19 February 2012. The exhibition is produced in partnership between Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Crafts Council, in association with the University for the Creative Arts."

If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu.

 

Captions (top to bottom):  Philip Koch, Banner, oil on panel, 40 x 32"; "Hal Hunt," former Foreman, Baltimore City Forestry Division; Postcard for Inter-Net featuring Michelle Lisa Herman; Rachel Sitkin, San Cristobal Mound, gouache on paper, 2011; Work by Lori Larusso; Poster from Factory Installed; Philip Koch, Banner, oil on panel, 40 x 32"; Artwork by Jenee Mateer.