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MICA Mounts 2011 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions, March 25-May 16

Graduate-Level Artists, Designers Exhibit Work in Four Consecutive Shows

Posted 02.15.11 by mica communications

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Adam Junior, The Cast Iron pipe Cutter That Ties My Family Together (detail)

BALTIMORE--MICA this spring features four engaging and provocative exhibitions of thesis work by 50 master's of fine arts (M.F.A.) candidates from MICA's internationally renowned M.F.A. in Community Arts, M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Hoffberger School of Painting, Mount Royal School of Art, M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media and Rinehart School of Sculpture programs. The first three shows, each spanning a little more than a week, take place in MICA's Decker, Meyerhoff and Fox 3 galleries, located in Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave, from Friday, March 25-Sunday, May 1, and the fourth show takes place Wednesday, May 4-Monday, May 16 at MICA PLACE's The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and second floor exhibition space, 814 N. Collington Ave.

The M.F.A. in Community Arts program, which just launched in 2010, prepares artists to use their artmaking as a means of support for civic, youth and community development. Throughout the two-year program, students are encouraged to develop their own creative voice as they simultaneously investigate the relationship of the citizen artist and art to community building. As artists who teach, these seven exhibiting graduates advocate positive change while developing new artforms.

M.F.A. in Graphic Design students work in print, animation, Web design, product development, environmental design and other media to engage the larger society in which design functions. Thesis topics are as diverse as the students themselves, ranging from entrepreneurial business concepts to explorations of form, theory and technology.

Hoffberger candidates emphasize a deeply held relationship with a symbolic order, often with pop sources taken from the Internet, films or pulp fiction. While painting is a primary vehicle, the works themselves often contain fragments from multiple disciplines, and the thinking behind them embraces an intuitive grasp of concepts stemming from contemporary mathematical, scientific or philosophical thought.

The multidisciplinary Mount Royal School of Art seeks to broaden the definition of artmaking, and its students create solo performances (live and video), complex color photo prints of invented conceptual worlds, experimental animations, sculptures of baroque construction using industrial materials and paintings dealing with vignettes of dark American scenes.

Candidates in the M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media program trace the effects of digitization on the traditional practices of photography-creating work that utilizes techniques of digital cinema, interactive environments, sound installations, Web-based practices, social networking and wireless media. These emerging artists are fully engaged in defining the expanding role of the artist in contemporary society and exploring the possibilities for creative expression afforded by new technologies.

Rinehart students explore the dynamic and diverse nature of sculpture in a multi-dimensional environment using a range of media-including performance, video and multimedia installation-and materials as traditional as metal and stone or as unusual as rice and human hair. Rinehart is the oldest program of its kind in the country, but its current students are producing some of the most innovative sculptural pieces.

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Details:

MFA Thesis I

Friday, March 25-Sunday, April 3
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, March 29, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 30, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Lauren Adams (Graphic Design), Evan Boggess (Hoffberger School of Painting), Christopher Clark (Graphic Design), Seok Han (Photographic & Electronic Media), Wilson Hill (Photographic & Electronic Media), Hector Leiva (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ann Liu (Graphic Design), John McNeil (Photographic & Electronic Media), Sarah McNeil (Mount Royal School of Art), Wendy Tai (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Eli Walker (Hoffberger), Supisa Wattanasansanee (Graphic Design) and Erin Zerbe (Photographic & Electronic Media)

For an online slide show of artwork in this exhibition, click here.

 

MFA Thesis II

Friday, April 8-Sunday, April 17
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, April 8, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 13, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Darrell Appelzoller (Photographic & Electronic Media), Sunday Ballew (Photographic & Electronic Media), Libby Barbee (Mount Royal School of Art), Colin Benjamin (Mount Royal), Emily Campbell (Mount Royal), Woo Jin Chang (Mount Royal), Cindy Cheng (Mount Royal), Nancy Daly (Photographic & Electronic Media), Andrew Elberfeld (Photographic & Electronic Media), Elizabeth Herrmann (Graphic Design), Laura Hudson (Mount Royal), Adam Junior (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Katie Kehoe (Mount Royal), Ryan Shelley (Graphic Design) and Beth Taylor (Graphic Design)

For an online slide show of artwork in this exhibition, click here.

 

MFA Thesis III

Friday, April 22-Sunday, May 1
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, April 22, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, April 26, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 27, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Christina Beard (Graphic Design), Ariel Braverman (Mount Royal School of Art), Brendan Carroll (Hoffberger School of Painting), Ginny Huo (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Linling Lu (Hoffberger), Chris McCampbell (Graphic Design), Aaron Miller (Mount Royal), Katie Miller (Hoffberger), Camilo Sanin (Hoffberger), Wesley Stuckey (Graphic Design), Katie Taylor (Hoffberger), Timothy Thompson (Rinehart), Isabel Uria (Graphic Design), Virginia Wagner (Hoffberger School of Painting) and Krissi Xenakis (Graphic Design)

For an online slide show of artwork in this exhibition, click here.

 

M.F.A. in Community Arts Thesis Exhibition

Wednesday, May 4-Monday, May 16
Closing Reception:
Friday, May 13, 6-9 p.m.; film screenings begin at 6:45 p.m.
MICA PLACE: The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and second floor exhibition space (814 N. Collington Ave.)
Featuring: Hannah Brancato, Barbara Combs, Michelle Faulkner, Quentin Gibeau, Nora Howell, Natalie Tranelli and Ashley Minner

For an online slide show of artwork in this exhibition, click here.

 

Hours for MICA's main campus galleries, open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. MICA PLACE is open by appointment; for appointments, contact Kristy Taylor at ktaylor03@mica.edu or 410.225.2254. All galleries are free and closed on major holidays.

Image caption: Adam Junior, The Cast Iron pipe Cutter That Ties My Family Together (detail), cast iron, steel, 2010.

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.