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MICA Students Use Contemporary Art to Explore Unique Concepts in Mapping

Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, will be on display from Sunday, March 16 through Tuesday, May 20

Posted 01.30.08 by MICA Media Relations

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In conjunction with Baltimore's city-wide Festival of Maps celebration, students at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) present a new exhibition Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square. Installed outside of the Walters Art Museum in the four historic parks of Mount Vernon Place, the exhibition garners inspiration from the Walters Art Museum's Maps: Finding Our Place in the World and explores new and unique ways of mapping. Utilizing this rare opportunity, students created a site-specific, contemporary exhibition using themes in mapping within a public art setting. Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, the first exhibition to be installed in the parks surrounding the Washington Monument, will be on display from Sunday, March 16 through Tuesday, May 20. A media preview event takes place on Monday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum (600 North Charles Street).

Under the guidance of George Ciscle, MICA's Curator-in-Residence, 18 students in the Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) class curated Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square featuring work created by their peers in the Conversation As Muse class. EDS is a hands-on learning experience for students interested in all aspects of museum administration, community arts, and gallery work. In addition to curating the show, the students also serve as educators; website, graphic, and exhibition designers; and project administrators with the goal to explore new ways to engage artists, students, museums, galleries, and the Baltimore community. Development of exhibition programming, design, curatorial focus, and all collateral and communication materials took place in the fall 2007 semester, with teams of students planning every aspect of the exhibition and presenting their ideas to the Conversations As Muse class, as well as mentors, faculty, and representatives from MICA and the Walters Art Museum.

In a two-semester studio class led by MICA faculty member Jann Rosen-Queralt, 10 students in the Conversation As Muse course developed ideas for their proposed works after researching great cartographic treasures-both historical and contemporary-that depict, explore, and understand our place in the wider world. Additionally, there were opportunities for them to consider maps that visualize nature and society, imaginary places, as well as innovations in mapmaking technology. Projects take the form of community collaborations, performances, tours, and other types of interventions.

Festival of Maps is made possible by a Festival of Maps mini grant from a fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Baltimore Cultural Development Council. Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square is supported by the Friends of the Exhibition Development Seminar. MICA's exhibitions and public programs receive generous support from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Special Programs Endowment; The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, Inc.; the Amalie Rothschild '34 Residency Program Endowment; The Rouse Company Endowment; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive; and the generous contributors to MICA's Annual Fund.

A range of public programs for all ages-tours, special events, and educational activities accompany the exhibition and enhance the overall experience. Program highlights include:

COLLEGE NIGHT: Thursday, March 27, 6-9 p.m.; Walters Art Museum (600 North Charles Street); Admission: Free, but registration is required; open to college and university students and faculty with valid college/university identification. To register, e-mail adultprograms@thewalters.org. Include your name and college or university.

Join MICA and the Walters Art Museum to celebrate mapping from around the world. The evening includes free refreshments, performances by musicians with global and local flair, antiquity conservation demonstrations by the Walters' staff, and tours of exhibitions Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square and Maps: Finding Our Place in the World.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE WALTERS: Friday, March 28, 5-8 p.m.; Walters Art Museum (600 North Charles Street); Admission: Free, does not include special exhibition.

Visit the Walters after-hours to experience exhibitions organized by MICA, Walters Art Museum, and Art on Purpose. Student-led tours will be offered for Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square in conjunction with tours of Maps: Finding Our Place in the World and Maps on Purpose. Also, enjoy performances by award-winning choreographer Nancy Romita and her dance collective.

BEYOND THE COMPASS, BEYOND THE SQUARE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Saturday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.; Parks of Mount Vernon Place; Admission: Free, does not include special exhibition.

Join MICA students for an outdoor event featuring live music, student-led tours of the exhibition, family activities, a reception, and more. Participate in the creation of community artwork, meet the artists, and embark on an adventure in the historic parks of Mount Vernon Place.

BEYOND THE COMPASS, BEYOND THE SQUARE ARTIST PANEL Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m.; Brown Center, Falvey Hall (1301 Mount Royal Avenue); Admission: Free, open to the public.

Hear MICA students in the Exhibition Development Seminar and Conversation as Muse classes as well as alumni as they share their experiences, and artistic and curatorial process.

TEACHER TEA TIME: THE WORLD OF TEA: Thursday, April 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Walters Art Museum, Renaissance Court (600 North Charles Street); Admission: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, includes admission to special exhibition.

Experience tea from around the world and view the special exhibitions Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square and Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. Tea Time includes a private tour of both exhibitions, educational materials, activities, certificates of attendance, and refreshments.

FAMILY FESTIVAL OF EXPLORATION: Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Walters Art Museum (600 North Charles Street); Admission: Free, includes admission to special exhibition.

A great opportunity to see Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square and Maps: Finding Our Place in the World for free! In addition to the Walters' indoor activities, families can engage in a scavenger hunt allowing them to go on an adventure outdoors through the parks of Mount Vernon Place and the Walters.

BOUNDARY BLOCK PARTY: Saturday, April 19, 1-4 p.m.;Eutaw Place; Admission: Free, open to the public.

Residents of Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Upton will come together to celebrate their communities during this neighborhood potluck. The afternoon provides an opportunity for the neighborhoods to enjoy time together through art activities, entertainment, and, of course, food!

BLAST FROM THE PAST: TIME TRAVEL THROUGH FILM: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.; The West Park of Mount Vernon Place; Admission: Free, open to the public.

Join us for an outdoor screening of Fievel Goes West! Enjoy the spring evening watching a movie for kids, young and old alike. Bring your own popcorn and a blanket, spread out on the lawn, and enjoy.

NAVIGATE THIS PLACE: FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT: Sunday, April 27, 1-4 p.m.; Parks of Mount Vernon Place and the Walters Art Museum; Admission: Free, open to the public.

Families get an exciting opportunity to meet and engage with maps inside the Walters' special exhibition as well as the works installed outside in Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square. They will also have a chance to interact with the MICA students involved in the outdoor exhibition during a fun-filled scavenger hunt that guides them through the world of mapping!

Additional public programs may be added. For an updated list of scheduled programs related to Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, visit the exhibition website at www.mica.edu/beyond.

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.