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MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice, GBCA Launch Partnership to Celebrate Baker Artist Awards B-Grant Winners in Exhibition, Dec. 5–15

Nine Exhibiting Artists Embody Versatile Creative Community in Greater Baltimore Area

Posted 11.04.13 by MICA Communications

Todd Marcus (courtesy Gary Young photography)

BALTIMORE -- MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance launch a partnership to present the exhibition "b" is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Awards 2013 b-grant Winners from Thursday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 15 in D Center Baltimore located in the North Avenue Market (16 W. North Ave.). The exhibition and complementary programming celebrate this year's nine honored artists who embody the versatile vitality of the greater Baltimore area's art scene through dance, installation art, visual art, photography, music, poetry, video and writing. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m., with poetry readings by exhibiting artists Jenny O'Grady and Katherine McCord.

"MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class of 2015 is thrilled to partner with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Baker Artist Awards to honor the nine 2013 b-grant winners," M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice student Emily Russell '15 said. "These artists embody the diversity and innovative spirit of Baltimore's art scene."

The b-grants are prizes for creativity and excellence awarded on the basis of nominations on the Baker Artist Awards website, bakerartistawards.org. This year's winners and exhibiting artists include: 3-D installation artist Leah Cooper '09 (Studio Art); experimental composer and musician Ruby Fulton; writer, editor and book artist Jenny O'Grady; dance director Donna Jacobs; jazz artist Todd Marcus; choreographer Nicole A. Martinell; poet Katherine McCord; choreographer, producer and songwriter CJay Philip; and video artist Robby Rackleff '09 (Mount Royal School of Art).

"GBCA's partnership with MICA's groundbreaking M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program is an extraordinary opportunity to deeply explore and highlight the works of the 2013 b-grant winners. These artists are exemplary of the depth and breadth of artistic excellence in the Baltimore region as represented though the Baker Artists Awards nomination site and nurtured by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund," Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Executive Director Jeannie Howe said.

"Mary S. and William G. Baker were philanthropic leaders in supporting the arts in the Baltimore region and would be extremely proud of the 2013 awardees and this exciting exhibition," said Connie Imboden, President, Board of Governors, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Programming:
Professional Development Seminar: From Practice to Professional
Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.
D Center Baltimore, 16 W. North Ave.
The 2013 b-grant winners will discuss their journey from practicing in the studio to becoming professionally recognized artists. Participants will receive instruction on how to apply for the 2014 Baker Artist Awards.

Dance Jam
Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Bring the whole family to a night of music, dance and wordplay, led by b-grant winner CJay Philip.

Musical Performances and Closing Reception
Sunday, Dec. 15
2-4 p.m.: Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
4-5 p.m.: D Center Baltimore, 16 W. North Ave.
Join us in celebrating the close of the exhibition with musical performances by b-grant winners Todd Marcus and his jazz ensemble, experimental composer/musician Ruby Fulton and Deep Vision Dance Company directed by Nicole Martinell.


Students in the Curatorial Practice program have developed, designed and implemented the exhibition and public programs highlighting the diverse range of artistic practices and cultural influences these artists represent. Students have conducted studio visits, recorded interviews and produced a print publication to accompany the exhibition-thus providing professional development opportunities to the artists, increased understanding of these artists' processes for audiences and facilitated hands-on learning for the Curatorial Practice class.

"b" is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Awards 2013 b-grant Winners is presented by MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, under the guidance of faculty member Jeffry Cudlin. Designed to forge connections among art, artists and the community, the graduate program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation-thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely and accessible exhibitions for diverse audiences. The graduate program is the first of its kind in the United States and is shaped by the work of the program's director George Ciscle, MICA's curator-in-residence and creator of the College's ground-breaking Exhibition Development Seminar.

"b" is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Awards 2013 b-grant Winners and its programs are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Monday-Sunday, 3-7 p.m. For exhibition and programming updates, visit bgrant2013.wordpress.com.

Additional mentoring support for MICA students has been provided by representatives of D Center Baltimore. The Baker Artist Awards is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and is supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Image caption: Todd Marcus (courtesy Gary Young photography).

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The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community embraced by all as accessible, relevant, and essential to the region's quality of life. GBCA connects artists and groups to one another and to vital resources and advocates for the strategic issues facing the cultural community and the continued visibility and financial strength of the sector. (www.BaltimoreCulture.org)

The William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund commits its resources to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by making investments in arts and culture. Its grants support artistic and cultural organizations and their partners through initiatives that enhance an individual's sense of self and pleasure and make Baltimore a more attractive place to live and work. (http://www.bcf.org/BaltimoreCFGrants/GrantProgramDetails/tabid/166/Default.aspx?grid=1)

D center Baltimore is a broad cross-section of disciplines and individuals invested in improving and encouraging design-in all its iterations-in the Baltimore region. D center's members believe design thinking has the capacity to change the world and that banding together in creative collaboration will greatly improve the quality of urban life. (www.dcenterbaltimore.com) 

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.