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MICA Features MA in Community Arts Exhibition July 16-Aug. 1

Master's Candidates Highlight Their Growth as Artists During Community Collaborations

Posted 05.20.09 by MICA Media Relations

Harmony by Amy Appleton.

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents the MA in Community Arts (MACA) Exhibition, a collection of the personal art of the community artists in MACA’s graduating class of 2009, Thursday, July 16–Saturday, Aug. 1. The work represents the students’ growth as artists during their time at MICA and with their community organizations. Artwork will be on view in Leidy Atrium and Rosenberg Gallery of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Grounded in the principles of social justice, MACA immerses artists in intensive work with children, youth, and adults in community settings. Real-world experiences are supported by classroom study and independent studio work; students also implement their own community art project.

MACA student Iandry Randriamandroso’s mission as a community artist is to connect people through art to find their own creative solution to environmental problems. Randriamandroso’s ongoing “flat-can project” combines imprints of discarded, crushed aluminum cans he finds on Baltimore streets to inspire environmental activism while producing remarkable images.

“Individual effort is important in achieving a common goal. I found that in light of the problems we face in our environment today, an individual decision to bring about change is most important,” Randriamandroso said.

Other projects include Laura Cohen’s work with stoneware clay, slips, glazes, custom decals, and a twochamber, Noborigama-style wood and salt kiln to create thrown and hand-built containers that reflect the coming together of different Baltimore neighborhoods. Through collaborations with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex youth, Sarah Tooley has created a body of work stemming from the power of the collective voice that results from people coming together in parades and marches.

Artists include: Amy Appleton, Elizabeth Brady, Laura Cohen, Moira Fratantuono, Rikiesha Hawkins, Iandry Randriamandroso, Sarah Tooley, Stanford Watson, and Emily Wheat.

MICA's galleries are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Note: The exhibition will be closed during Artscape, Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19. It will reopen Monday, July 20.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Amy Appleton, Harmony, acrylic on canvas, 2008.

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 48 states and 61 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.


gallery of artworks

2009 MA in Community Arts Exhibition