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MICA Presents 'Barry Nemett: Language of Landscape, Works From Italy' Nov. 19-Dec. 20

Opening Reception for Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings by Longtime Faculty Takes Place Nov. 19

Posted 10.07.09 by MICA Media Relations

Barry Nemett, Cloud Watching from Montecastello Studio

BALTIMORE--MICA presents an exhibition of approximately 15 large-scale drawings and paintings and a dozen sketchbooks by longtime faculty member Barry Nemett, chair of the College's painting department, Thursday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Dec. 20 in Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. A reception with the artist takes place Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition, Barry Nemett: Language of Landscape, Works From Italy, features artworks completed in Italy during the past four years. Although Nemett works directly from life, the places he draws and paints do not exist, at least not all at once. He makes them up as he goes, trying to make the unraveled story of each landscape he fabricates look true. Many of his Italian landscapes piece together multiple panels based on half a dozen or more sites.

Nemett, along with MICA illustration faculty Warren Linn, will participate in MICA's Sketchbook Celebration on Monday, Nov. 23 at noon in BBOX in The Gateway, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave. Nemett will discuss the vital role drawing, in general, and working in sketchbooks, in particular, play in his art. He will read several poems he has written as examples of the way poetry functions as "written sketches" to flesh out ideas for his paintings.

"Nemett is a gifted writer as well as an artist and educator," said Gerald Ross, MICA's director of exhibitions. "Both his studio practice and his teaching processes are clarified with this show of drawings and sketchbooks."

MICA is the final stop for Barry Nemett: Language of Landscape, Works From Italy, which has already traveled to George Mason University in Virginia; St. Andrew's School in Delaware; Hood College in Maryland; Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy; ISA Gallery in Umbria, Italy; and Bates College, Museum of Art in Maine. A complementary exhibition, Barry Nemett: Paintings, Poems & Passages, is presently on view at Creative Alliance at The Patterson in Baltimore through Saturday, Oct. 24.

Each of the venues sponsored the publication of a 260-page book of Barry Nemett's work, Barry Nemett: Paintings, Poems, & Passages (AuthorHouse Inc., 2009). The book includes 275 full-color reproductions.

Nemett has curated numerous traveling exhibitions and exhibited his work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Art, Rochefort-en-Terre, France; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; and Baltimore Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, such as a Ford Foundation Grant, several MICA Trustee Grants for Excellence in Teaching and ITT International Travel Fellowship/Fulbright Hays Grant, Spain.

Nemett has lectured in more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the United States, including California College of the Arts; Chicago Art Institute; Princeton University, New Jersey; Rhode Island School of Design; Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania; and University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in many international artist residencies, including the Alfred & Trafford Klots Artist Residency Program, France; Center for Advanced Art and Culture, France; Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; Keisho Art Association, Japan; Ontario College of Art & Design, Canada; Studio Art Centers International, Italy; and The International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Italy.

Besides writing many magazine articles and exhibition catalogue essays, his publications include: Crooked Tracks, (novel, Barnhardt & Ashe, Publishers, Inc., September, 2007) and Images, Objects, and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts, (textbook, McGraw-Hill, 1992).

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

For more information about Nemett or the exhibition, please call 410-225-2300.


Image caption: Barry Nemett, Cloud Watching from Montecastello Studio, gouache on paper, 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 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.