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MICA Presents MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition June 29-July 11

Reception Takes Place July 10 in Galleries of Fox Building and Bunting Center

Posted 04.29.09 by MICA Media Relations

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Kelly Valdez's artwork.

 

BALTIMORE-MICA this summer features an exhibition of thesis work of 11 graduating artists in the MFA in Studio Art, a low-residency program that allows experienced artists to develop a professional body of work, a unique personal voice, and an expanded understanding of contemporary art through intensive studio practice. Artwork will be on view Monday, June 29-Saturday, July 11 in Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries of Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., and Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, July 10, 6-8 p.m.

Many of the MFA artists explore the everyday, the ordinary, the mundane; it is a theme found throughout much of the diverse work in the exhibition. For example, artist Nicole Herbert seeks to encourage active perceptions of the physical environment by challenging conventional ways of looking.

"My aim is not only to suspend fleeting impressions of familiar objects and contexts, but to also explore how signification can shift when the same object is represented in a variety of media," Herbert said.

Other artists investigate the "atrocity landscape," "urban landscape," and "human constructed landscape." Katie Walberg makes comic books, graphic novels, and environmental gestures/installations featuring collected refuse to illuminate the relationship between practical human life in a consumerist society and the excessive levels of waste and environmental congestion that result from it. Kelly Valdez's textured and multi-layered cityscapes show how she repeatedly encounters specific areas in the city and how her position and movement throughout it as an observer shift

Artists include: Kerry Adams, Julie Benoit, Leah Cooper, Salinda Deery, Bruce Feldman, Nicole Herbert, Michael Iacovone, Jennifer Miller, Sondra Peron, Kelly Valdez, and Katie Walberg

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image credit: Kelly Valdez, Church Corner (Pratt Street), acrylic on canvas, 2008-2009

To hear MFA artist Leah Cooper on WYPR's Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, click here.

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 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition