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Sept.-Oct. Exhibition and Event Schedule

MICA Presents a Full Schedule of Talks, Exhibitions

Posted 07.30.13 by MICA Communications

Installation shot from last year's Foundation Exhibition.

Foundation Exhibition
Saturday, Aug. 24-Sunday, Sept. 22
Fox Building: Fox 2 and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
Timed to coincide with the arrival of this year's freshmen, this highly regarded student exhibition features work produced by current sophomore students during their foundation year at MICA. This annual exhibition provides a first glimpse at the work of artists who will be developing their skills and vision over the next few years in a variety of media.

Image Caption: Installation shot from last year's Foundation Exhibition.

Sabbatical Exhibition
Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 22
Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
This annual exhibition features works produced by a small group of faculty members on sabbaticals during the previous year. Participating artists include Catherine Behrent, Sharon Johnson, Benjamin Luzzatto, Fletcher Mackey, John Penny, Hugh Pocock, Jamy Sheridan and Lynn Silverman.

Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery
Through Sunday, Sept. 29, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St.
Admission: Reginald F. Lewis Museum members, children 6 and under, and Maryland public school teachers (with ID): free; senior citizens (65+), youth (age 7 to 17) and students (with ID): $6; general admission: $8.
The remarkable wealth and breadth of African-American artists' interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions in historic and contemporary art are the subject of this traveling exhibition, curated by Leslie King-Hammond, Ph.D., graduate dean emerita and founding director of MICA's Center for Race and Culture. Ashe to Amen is among the first scholarly explorations into how the Bible has informed the multicultural African-American community's evolving artistic expression. Ashe to Amen features approximately 60 works of art and design by nearly 50 artists from the 19th century through today, including several MICA artists. For more information on the exhibition, visit RFLewisMuseum.org.

Image Caption: William H. Johnson, Jesus and the Three Marys, c. 1939-40, oil on board, Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

CONGREGATE Art + Faith + Community
Friday, Sept. 6-Wednesday, Sept. 25
Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.
Reception: Friday, Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m.
The M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program presents commissioned sculptures, installations and participatory works created with five church congregations throughout the Station North Arts & Entertainment District in this exhibition, which explores creative expressions developed at the intersection of art and spirituality.

CONGREGATE is the outcome of a yearlong dialogue among the curators, artists and congregations to develop welcoming spaces that contribute to a more inclusive arts district. Participating artists and congregations were paired together during residencies from June to August based on shared creative interest and each church's desire to engage its congregation through creative expression.

CONGREGATE is made possible partially through generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Robinson and the Friends of the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice. For more details, visit congregatebaltimore.com.

Image Caption: Tiffany Jones, Unidentified photographer 1956, Black series, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 2012.

Matt Bollinger
Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Matt Bollinger's collaged paintings suggest the self is an assemblage of feelings, thoughts and experiences. Film and literary genres that inform the visual language of his work include science fiction, romance and horror, as well as online sharing platforms, such as Instagram and Tumblr. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Matt Bollinger, First Blush, lashe, acrylic, spray paint, and watercolor on cut and pasted paper, 2012, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Constitution Day: Bars and Stripes Forever: Inequalities and Incarceration in America
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: In addition to free tickets distributed in advance to the MICA community, a limited number of tickets will be available to the general public on the day of the event.
Baltimore-based author, journalist and television writer/producer David Simon will headline Constitution Day, a free annual symposium co-sponsored by MICA and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) recognizing the ratification of the United States Constitution. This year's symposium centers on the widely debated topic of inequalities and incarceration in America. In addition to Simon, a panel, moderated by WYPR's The Signal producer Aaron Henkin, will also include social innovator Susan Burton, who has dedicated her life to helping formerly incarcerated women re-enter society, and artist and activist Ashley Hunt, who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements and investigate the prison system. Constitution Day is co-sponsored by MICA and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD).

Image Caption: David Simon. (Photo by Paul Schiraldi)

Art@Lunch: Kerr Houston, Siting Islamic Art
Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Faculty member Kerr Houston offers an analysis of major art museums that have recently reinstalled their collections of Islamic art. He will point out the ways in which the physical juxtapositions of collections suggest and deny certain possibilities of meaning. This talk is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism and the Office of Academic Services.

Image Caption: Kerr Houston.

Dona Nelson, All About Painting
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Dona Nelson employs a physical approach to large-scale paintings that can be compared to abstract expressionism, but her work suggests landscapes, figures and architecture. In addition to being a practicing artist, she is a professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Dona Nelson, The Plain Plane, cloth and acrylic mediums and paint on canvas, 2011.

Lunchtime Lecture: Julia Denos
Thursday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Artist Julia Denos creates a wide range of work, spanning children's books, advertising and magazine covers. Clients include Abrams Books, American Girl, HarperCollins, Random House, Scholastic and many more. She lives and works in Quincy, near Boston. This talk is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice.

Image Caption: Julia Denos.

Ignite Baltimore
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Sixteen selected artists, technologists and personalities take the stage with the goal of sparking new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines. Ignite Baltimore will celebrate its 12th show this year. To be notified of event updates or for more information, visit ignitebaltimore.com. This talk is sponsored by the School for Professional and Continuing Studies.

Image caption: Image from a previous Ignite Baltimore.

Faculty Exhibition
Friday, Sept. 27-Sunday, Oct. 13
Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m.
The Faculty Exhibition features the work of MICA's world-renowned full-time faculty, highlighting their diversity in content, medium and style.

Katherine Bradford, The Golden Age of Exploration
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Brooklyn-based abstract painter Katherine Bradford is on the graduate faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, among others. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Katherine Bradford, Sargasso, oil on canvas, 2012.

Lunchtime Lecture: Sherill Anne Gross
Monday, Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Maryland-based artist Sherill Anne Gross uses cut paper and layering to create her illustrations. Her work, which includes collages, advertisements, calendars, marketing materials, magazines and more, is all done by hand-no stencils are used. This talk is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice.

Image Caption: Sherill Anne Gross.

Tim Portlock
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Tim Portlock began experimenting with digital media platforms in the late 90s. He has since mastered a variety of tools, including gaming software to 3-D animation, which he uses to make art that investigates the social and economic impact of America's rapid de-industrialization. This talk is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism as part of the fall 2013 colloquium on "Realism."

Image Caption: Tim Portlock, Sundown, special effects software and archival pigment print, 2011.

Lunchtime Lecture: Joann Hill
Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
New York-based Joann Hill is the art director at Disney's Hyperion Books. She is always searching for talent, and during her career she has worked with top illustrators, including David Wiesner, John Rocco, Betsy Lewin, Brandon Dorman, Mary GrandPré, Bob Shea and Andrew Glass. This talk is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice.

Image Caption: Joann Hill.

Stephen Rosenthal
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Stephen Rosenthal has exhibited internationally since 1961. He was mentored by abstract artist Josef Albers, whose color studies had a huge impact on art education programs. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Stephen Rosenthal, Particulate 101, oil on canvas, 2012.

Art@Lunch: Michelle Hagewood '02
Thursday, Oct. 17, noon
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Michelle Hagewood '02 (general fine arts) will speak about the relationship between her artistic practice and her work as assistant educator for studio programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This talk is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism and the Office of Academic Services.

Image Caption: Michelle Hagewood '02 (general fine arts). (Photo by Brian Krista)

Stephanie Garmey: Wetlands
Friday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Nov. 17
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
In this exhibition, drawing and general fine arts faculty member Stephanie Garmey '83 '95 (general fine arts, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) will explore the solitude of travel and place through nature. The artist will translate the movement, rhythm, perspective and time of place by looking at water, trees, plants, animals and color. Several vignettes made using cut paper, drawing, encaustics, wood and glass will be exhibited throughout the gallery. The viewer will walk through these environments, designed to evoke subtle and sometimes surprising shifts of moods and space. 

Image Caption: Stephanie Garmey '83 '95 (general fine arts, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting), Tree of Knowledge, paper, wood, wax.

Mierle Ukeles
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles is about the everyday routines of life. In 1969, after the birth of her first child, Ukeles wrote a Manifesto for Maintenance Art that questioned binary systems of opposition that articulate differences between art/life, nature/culture and public/private. She has completed six work ballets with public service workers, garbage trucks, barges and hundreds of tons of recyclables in: N.Y.C., Pittsburgh, France, Holland and Tokamachi, Japan. Ukeles has been the first and only artist in residence in the N.Y.C. Department of Sanitation for 30 years, and she is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in N.Y.C.

Image Caption: Mierle Ukeles, Touch Sanitation, 1978-80, Handshake Ritual with workers of New York City Department of Sanitation.

Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

Wednesday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Nov. 24
Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
The work in this annual exhibition is a selection of the best submissions from all four years of undergraduate students. From hundreds of entries, approximately 100 will be chosen in a variety of disciplines based on artistic merit, creativity and vision.

Creative Time Summit
Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Watch a live stream of this event, in which artists, architects, planners, politicians, activists and theorists from around the world will discuss how artistic practices influence cities. This year, keynote speakers include art critic and activist Lucy Lippard and Rebecca Solnit, a writer focusing on the environment, politics, place and art. Called "visionary" by the New York Times, this summit is the only conference devoted to exploring the intersection of artmaking and social justice. Learn more at micacuratorial.org. This event is sponsored by the MFA in Curatorial Practice, M.F.A. in Community Arts, M.A. in Social Design, Sustainability & Social Practice Concentration, and Office of Community Engagement.

Image Caption: Image from a previous Creative Time Summit.

Chip Kidd, Man of Letters: Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence Lecture
Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
New York-based designer and writer Chip Kidd has revolutionized the art of American book packaging. He has worked with Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, and over the years he has received a National Design Award from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design museum in New York. Kidd has authored two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as Batman: Death By Design, an original graphic novel published by DC Comics and illustrated by Dave Taylor. He has also authored several books about comics. Kidd's newest book, Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, will be released by Workman Publishing in October.

The Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence program was established to enhance MICA's design culture by bringing outstanding practitioners to campus to share their valuable experiences and perspectives with students, faculty and the public. The residency was created thanks to an endowment fund established by Steinmetz's spouse, Betty Cooke '46 (art education), as well as gifts from others in honor of him. Steinmetz and Cooke are active volunteers, donors and former faculty members; Steinmetz also serves as a trustee.

Image Caption:  Chip Kidd. (Photo by John Madere)

Jered Sprecher
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Jered Sprecher calls himself "a hunter and a gatherer" who constantly incorporates images produced by the people and cultures around him into his work. His paintings extract elements from both the high and low of visual culture. Sprecher is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Artwork by Jered Sprecher.

Events and exhibitions are free, unless a price is otherwise noted. 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.

Additional events may be added to the schedule. For updated event information, visit fyi.mica.edu.

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.