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"Invited: The Anniversary List," Sept. 28-Nov. 11

Site-Specific Projects Exhibited Throughout Station North

Posted 07.20.12 by MICA Communications

MICA's inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class invites Baltimore to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Station North Arts & Entertainment District by presenting Invited, a two-part exhibition. The series will feature major site-specific artworks in 10 area businesses as well as a party-themed gallery show in MICA's newly renovated Graduate Studio Center. The work by MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program highlights the College's active role in community revitalization, ensuring that all businesses and residents in nearby Station North-one of the nation's first state-endorsed Arts & Entertainment Districts-embrace and are engaged with the unique artistic nature of the district.

In Invited: The Anniversary List, 10 international and local artists have come together to partner with 10 Station North business owners to celebrate the anniversary of her or his selected business.

Site-Specific Projects Exhibited Throughout Station North:

C & N Deli Grocery, 1918 N. Charles St.

Anniversary: First (paper)
Artist: Jaime Bennati '08 '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture, M.A. in Teaching)
Paper artist Jaime Bennati examines humans' relationship with material consumption. By collecting and gathering often overlooked materials, she makes the viewer question the way we impact our environment. Bennati creates three-dimensional forms that reference those found in nature. A large part of her work is based on process, and community-based work has become a major focus for her. Recently, while living in Goiânia in central Brazil, she began collecting bus tickets after realizing 200,000 are discarded on average per day. Bennati then worked with community members to reuse the tickets to create paper sculptures and collages.

Caribbean Paradise (restaurant), 1818 N. Charles St.
Anniversary: 13th (lace)
Artist: Nancy O'D.Wilson '81 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
Nancy O'D. Wilson is a Baltimore native who works in painting and sculpture. Using lace inherited from her grandmother as the backbone of her medium, Wilson explores feminine gender issues within a formal framework, fusing disparate materials into an unexpected yet cohesive whole. By incorporating her own dresses and her grandmother's lace into her work, she feels a connection to the past.

Chaudron Glass & Mirror Co., Inc. (art restoration and glass service store), 1801 Lovegrove St.
Anniversary: 112th (oak)
Artist: Nick Clulow '01 (painting)
Nick Clulow, a Baltimore City native, constructs his artwork from plaster, wood, jute, earthy pigments and other natural ingredients while considering the idea of artifact. These artworks are allegories of geologic time, biology, the tempering of natural resources, the haphazard development of culture and its diversification. In his work, Clulow investigates a set of perplexing oppositions found within human history-American vs. European, folksy vs. fancy, native vs. invasive and creative vs. destructive.

Heavenly Blessings (furniture store), 1608 Greenmount Ave.
Anniversary: 37th (mixed gems)
Artist: Faculty member Lauren Boilini '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Lauren Boilini, born and raised in Bloomington, Ind., has completed residencies at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore, the Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain and the Jentel program in Wyoming. Boilini is currently taking part in a long-term residency at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and she teaches painting and drawing at MICA and the University of Maryland, College Park. In her current work, Boilini creates images pushed to the point at which excess becomes meaningless and falls into the realm of pattern. The large scale of Boilini's oil paintings and painting installations relates to the size of the human body and the potential for paintings to physically overwhelm the viewer. She received her M.F.A. at the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and her B.F.A. in painting and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Honey Carry-Out, 400 E. Federal St.
Anniversary: Sixth (iron)
Artist: Shana Goetsch '11 '12 (M.A. and M.F.A. in Community Arts)
Baltimore-based artist Shana Goetsch frequently creates work involving themes of social justice, empowerment, love, loss and bereavement. She began painting in 1989 after witnessing the murder of her mother. Often using words, cultural references or found objects, she injects personal voice, history and memory into her pieces. In the past four years, Goetsch's work has appeared in more than 40 exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, New York, Washington, D.C. and British Columbia, Canada. She received her M.F.A. and M.A. in Community Arts at MICA and her B.F.A. in painting with a minor in printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Nak Won Korean Restaurant, 12 W. 20th St.
Anniversary: Fourth (linen/silk)
Artist: Carolina Mayorga
International artist Carolina Mayorga's work addresses issues of social and political issues, such as migration, war and identity. Her explorations often take form through site-specific installations and multimedia pieces, including video, performance art, photography and drawing. Mayorga, a Colombian-born American citizen, has had exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Sweden and numerous cities throughout the United States. Her work is represented in collections, including the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, both in Washington, D.C.; Andres Institute of Art in New Hampshire; and Kronan Sculpture Park in Lulea, Sweden. Mayorga received an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Kansas and a B.F.A. in art and textiles in Bogotá.

Nutty Sensations (snack, sandwich and coffee shop), 34 E. Lanvale St.
Anniversary: First (paper)
Artist: Emily C-D '05 (illustration)
Emily C-D is an interdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Baltimore and Mexico City. Her practice spans the gamut of installation, sculpture, illustration, collage, costume, performance and mural painting. She uses recycled materials whenever possible and often works collaboratively. Her involvement in community art has been a natural outgrowth of a creative process concerned with transformation. From the United States to Mexico, she has involved children and young adults in fun, interactive projects that blur the line between spectator and participant. She has been a pioneer in the mural movement of painting on the street surface.

Pearson's Florist, 1829 N. Charles St.
Anniversary: 30th (diamond/pearl)
Artist: Faculty member Amy Boone-McCreesh
Amy Boone-McCreesh's current interests lie in the decoration and embellishments occurring in tribal and foreign cultures. Taking inspiration from celebratory and funerary displays in various cultures, Boone-McCreesh aims to explore decoration and human relationships. Two- and three-dimensional works, as well as installation, act as vehicles to explore these ideas in a contemporary context while evoking imagery of rituals, tradition and ceremony. Found objects, secondÔÇÉhand fabrics, celebratory ephemera, repetition, and the amassing of materials and mark making are her primary vehicles for expression.

Soul II Soul Barbershop & Hair Studio, 403 E. North Ave.
Anniversary: Seventh (wool)
Artist: Cathleen Sachse '09 '12 (painting; Mount Royal School of Art)
Cathleen Sachse is a Baltimore-based mixed media artist. She has shown in East Coast venues, including the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in New York; ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Hillyer Art Space and the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington D.C.; MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Md.; and School 33 Art Center, Creative Alliance and City Arts in Baltimore.

Sun Grocery, 400 Pitman Place
Anniversary: 12th (silk)
Artist: Amanda Moyer
Amanda Moyer is a Detroit-based artist and designer with passions for sustainable design, fiber arts and earth consciousness. Moyer is interested in opportunities to create and make art that will contribute to the growth of Detroit. Having worked in clay, textiles, metal and wood, she is enthusiastic for all media, especially the reuse of objects with a history. Moyer graduated with a B.F.A. from Finlandia University in Michigan.

Tours at Final Friday Event
Art Collective: Push Pops
The New York-based Push Pops are a radical, queer feminist art collective. Geared toward engendering "embodied feminism," the collective is primarily concerned with the expenditure and conservation of the self in relation to the "other." Employing the female body-that which is bound to a cross-cultural language of desire, signification and power-in tactical, ideological strategy, the Push Pops utilize gesture, exclamation and popular idiom to embody a new and discursive physicality. The Push Pops reinscribe the body through participatory ritual, spontaneous performance and interactive multimedia installation.

Artist: Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Graham Coreil-Allen is an interventionist public artist. Through urban analysis and research, he develops projects that test the boundaries of pedestrian agency, interprets the overlooked and banal, and investigates the negotiable nature of public space. His ongoing New Public Sites project addresses how lost spaces and overlooked features of the city are experienced at a pedestrian level. The project starts with a radically expanded understanding of civic space- and through mapping, installations, video, tours and print media-it proposes alternatives for representing and activating the potential for these under-recognized sites. New Public Sites will be featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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.