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MICA Faculty, Alumni Receive Individual Artist Awards From Maryland State Arts Council

2009 Grants Range From $1,000 to $6,000 Per Artist

Posted 03.06.09 by MICA Media Relations

Installation shot of Piper Shepard's <em>EON</em exhibition.

BALTIMORE--A number of Maryland Institute College of Art's (MICA) distinguished faculty and alumni are the recipients of 2009 Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. The grants range from $1,000 to $6,000 in the categories of choreography, music composition, playwriting, poetry, visual arts: crafts, visual arts: photography, and visual arts: sculpture.

Faculty winners are Pat Alexander '81 (general fine arts, painting, foundation), Susie Brandt (fiber and foundation), Annet Couwenberg (fiber), David East (department chair, ceramics), Margaret Hluch (fiber), Valeska Populoh '06, '07 (fiber), Renee Rendine '96 (general fine arts and foundation), Piper Shepard (fiber, work pictured), and Lynn Silverman (photography and foundation).

Alumni winners are Emma Elizabeth Downing '83 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Tina Carroll '98 (Hoffberger), Andrea Morris '07 (MFA in Studio Art), Megan Van Wagoner '00 (Mount Royal School of Art), Anne Chan '06 (Mount Royal School of Art), Joshua Greer '02  (photography), Christopher Myers '94 (photography), Arthur Soontornsaratool '07 (Photography & Digital Imaging), Gary Thompson '90 (photography), Rebecca Alprin '08 (Mount Royal), Laura Amussen '06 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Brent Crothers '89 '03 (sculpture and Rinehart), Jill Greenberg '04 (Mount Royal School of Art), Jessie Lehson '02 '08 (general fine arts, Rinehart), and Erin Womack '07 (illustration).

The council has published a full list of grantees on its Web site.

Caption information: Installation of Piper Shepard's EON exhibition at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; photo by Carson Zillinger.


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.