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MICA Faculty Member Carolyn Case ’97 Awarded Prestigious Residency

Foundation Department's Carolyn Case ’97 Receives VCCA Residency

Posted 05.19.14 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Carolyn Case ’97, "Potion" (detail), oil on panel.

MICA and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) selected Foundation Department faculty member Carolyn Case '97 (Mount Royal School of Art) to spend three weeks at the prestigious VCCA residency in Amherst, Va., through a program funded by L.E.A.W. Family Foundation. From Monday, Dec. 29-Monday, Jan. 19, Case will be able to focus solely on her artwork in a community setting with 25 other artists from around the U.S. and many foreign countries. The residency includes a private bedroom, studio and all meals.

Linda Wachtmeister '73 (ceramics), who is a member of the VCCA board of directors, established the partnership between the MICA community and VCCA. The three-year commitment with MICA is VCCA's first time partnering with a college.

"Both of these organizations are important in my life," Wachtmeister said. She continued, "I have experienced wonderful things because of being a MICA artist and a VCCA fellow. I wanted to share that with other people."

Case expressed enthusiasm for her residency with, "I am very grateful for this fellowship." "Especially at this time in my life, an uninterrupted block of time to be able to work alongside fellow artists is such a treasure."

Case's field of art includes paintings that explore the idea of a "timeless paradise" and transcultural conceptions of immortality and the afterlife. Her designed landscapes draw on her international travels, including countries in Asia, where Japanese screens, Persian and Indian miniature painting, and India's Ajanta Caves paintings intrigued her.

The artist describes her work as, "intimate in scale, her paintings contain grand universes of limitless space. Flat silhouettes of urns and vases float side by side with areas of teeming detail and intricate mark-making, confounding the viewer's conception of positive and negative space. Case's work vibrates with the suggestive power of a shrine or an ancient ruin, an echo of an unspecified event from another world."

Case has received awards and residences nationally and internationally. She has shown in the mid-Atlantic region with solo exhibitions at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore; McLean Projects for the Arts in McLean, Va.; and The Art Registry in Washington, D.C.; in addition to group exhibitions at Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham, N.Y.; John Fonda Gallery in Baltimore; and Delaware Art Museum. She is currently represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, N.Y., with a solo exhibition in 2015, and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va.

Case was chosen out of a pool of seven MICA faculty member candidates representing the College's wide range of academic departments through a two-part review process, one conducted by three outside panelists selected by MICA, and then by a second panel at VCCA. MICA's panelists were Linda DePalma, former director of education at the Creative Alliance; Oletha Devane, McDonough School faculty member; and Geoff Delanoy, Notre Dame University of Maryland faculty member.

VCCA started in 1971 in Charlottesville, Va., and moved in 1978 to its current location at Amherst. VCCA allows artists from all creative disciplines to spend anywhere from two weeks to two months working on a project. Acceptance for admission to the VCCA is highly competitive and selective based on previous achievement or promise of achievement.

More information about the VCCA and its residency program can be found here.

Image captions: (top to bottom) Carolyn Case '97, Potion (detail), oil on panel; and Carolyn Case '97, Irises (detail), oil on panel.