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Faculty & Mentors

  1. Zlata Baum, Director

    Zlata Baum, Director

    Zlata Baum was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia where she lived until the age of twelve when she moved with her family to New York City. Zlata graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a B.A. in Studio Art. She then attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA where she received a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Zlata earned her M.F.A. in Sculpture at Mills College, also in Oakland, CA.

  2. Timothy App

    Timothy App

    Timothy App attended Kent State University in Ohio, where he received a BFA degree in painting in 1970. He continued his study of painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University and in 1974 received an MFA.

  3. John E. Penny

    John E. Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art, UK, he then completed his MFA in sculpture, with a minor in drawing, at Ohio State University. In 2003 he received a PhD in theoretical studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Since 1974 he has exhibited work in Australia and Great Britain, and recent work has been exhibited in Baltimore. Occasional writings have been published in Australia, Great Britain and the USA. He currently teaches in the Baltimore area.

  4. Renee van der Stelt

    Renee van der Stelt was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Ontario and Iowa. She received an M.A. in Art History (1990) and an MFA in Drawing (1993) from the University of Iowa. Ms. van der Stelt now lives in Maryland and is an educator and artist. Her work is included in the Drawing Center's Artist Registry, NY. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the TKF Foundation. In the past, she has worked in a variety of capacities as museum educator, registrar, curator, and instructor of drawing. Organizations she has worked for include the Walker Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, the gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Cornell College. She was resident artist at the MacDowell Colony (2008), and the Roswell Artist in Residence program (2008-09). She currently teaches undergraduate drawing courses, mentors MFA in Studio Art graduate students and coordinates professional practice for the MFA in Studio Art program at Maryland Institute College of Art.

MFA in Studio Art Related Information

  1. Guest Lecturers and Critics

    • Alex Alberro, Ph.D - art historian and theorist, Barnard College
    • Sanford Biggers - artist, faculty, Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • James Benning - filmmaker, faculty, CalArts
    • Connie Butler- curator of drawing, MoMA
    • Zoe Charlton - painter, faculty, American University
    • William Christenberry - photographer and sculptor
    • Mark Alice Durant - writer, curator, artist, faculty, UMBC
    • Maria Martinez-Canas - photographer
    • Mark Dion - installation artist, faculty, Columbia University
    • Jennifer Gonzalez, Ph.D - art historian and theorist, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Lynn Hershman-Leeson - multi media artist, faculty, San Francisco Art Institute
    • Kristin Hileman - curator of contemporary art, Baltimore Museum of Art
    • Tiffany Holmes Ph.D. - media artist, faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • Patsy Krebs - painter
    • Tom McDonough, Ph.D - art historian and theorist, State University of New York, Binghampton
    • John Roberts, Ph.D, art historian and theorist, University of Wolverhampton, GB
    • Tim Rollins, K.O.S - community artist
    • Peter Rostovsky, Painter
    • Roger Shimomura - painter
    • Gregory Sholette, Artist Writer, Curator, Faculty Member CUNY
    • Blake Stimpson, Ph.D - art historian and theorist, University of California, Davis
    • Shazia Sikander - painter and installation artist
    • Sarah Tanguy, curator, Embassies in the Arts program
    • Jackie Tileston - painter, faculty, University of Pennsylvania
    • Richard Tuttle - multidisciplinary artist
    • Cecilia Vicuna - poet and installation artist
    • Karen Yasinsky-Animator and Faculty Member, Johns Hopkins University
    • John Yau - poet and theorist