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MICA Mounts M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions, March 26-May 2

Graduate-Level Artists, Designers Exhibit Work in Three Consecutive Shows in Fox Building

Posted 02.26.10 by mica media relations

MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media
LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting
Mt. Royal School of Art
Rinehart School of Sculpture
MFA in Graphic Design
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Christina Martinelli, Holiday V, 2009.

BALTIMORE--MICA this spring features three engaging and provocative exhibitions of thesis work by more than 40 master of fine arts candidates from MICA's internationally renowned 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 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 26-Sunday, May 2.

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 School of Painting 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 art making, and its students create solo performances (live and video), complex color photo prints of invented conceptual worlds, experimental animations, sculptures confronting issues of identity and 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 new possibilities for creative expression afforded by emerging technologies.

Rinehart School of Sculpture students explore the dynamic and diverse nature of sculpture in a multi-dimensional environment using a range of media-including performance, video and multi-media 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.

MFA Thesis Exhibition I, II, and III Details:


MFA Thesis I

Friday, March 26-Sunday, April 4
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, March 26, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, March 30, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 31, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Heidi Fancher (Photographic & Electronic Media), Matthew Fishel (Mount Royal School of Art), Molly Hawthorn (Graphic Design), Jason Irla (Mount Royal), Justin Kropp (Graphic Design), Cyle Metzger (Mount Royal), Virginia Sasser (Graphic Design), Andrew Shea (Graphic Design), Jonathan Stonely (Mount Royal), John Walser (Graphic Design), Micah Walter (Photographic & Electronic Media), Chloe Watson (Mount Royal), Jennifer White-Torres (Graphic Design) and Ting Zhang (Photographic & Electronic Media).

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


MFA Thesis II

Friday, April 9-Sunday, April 18
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, April 9, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, April 13, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Mary Anne Arntzen (Mount Royal School of Art), Lizzy Brooks (Photographic & Electronic Media), Chien Chung Lin (Photographic & Electronic Media), Eo Ryoung Choi (Hoffberger School of Painting), Sarah Jacobs (Hoffberger), Joshua Korenblatt (Mount Royal), Joyce Lee (Mount Royal), Beverly-Anne Langran (Mount Royal), Jennifer Mattingly (Mount Royal), Catherine O'Connell (Mount Royal), William Pace (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ye Jin Song (Hoffberger), Gilad Shachar (Photographic & Electronic Media), Joshua Smith (Mount Royal), and Joanna White (Photographic & Electronic Media).

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


MFA Thesis III

Friday, April 23-Sunday, May 2
A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, April 23, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, April 27, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 28, 1-3 p.m.
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.)

Featuring: Natalie Andrews (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Calder Brannock (Rinehart), Deng-Yao Chang (Mount Royal School of Art), Graham Coreil-Allen (Mount Royal), Steven Cummings (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ben Kelley (Rinehart), Jeffrey Kent (Hoffberger School of Painting), Lawrence Lee (Mount Royal), Joshua Lefchick (Hoffberger), Joe Letourneau (Rinehart), Christina Martinelli (Rinehart), Michel Modell (Hoffberger), James Singwald (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ailsa Staub (Rinehart), and Neil Jones (Photographic & Electronic Media).

(Note: Graham Coreil-Allen's Public Sites thesis project has select tour dates. Click here for more information. And Deng-Yao Chang's Gallery Intimacy Acts performance piece invites the public to sleep over in the Decker Gallery. Click here for more information.)

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


For updated information, call the communications office at 410.225.2300.

Image caption: Christina Martinelli, Holiday V, 2009.

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.