2013 EDS Project
New Works by Jeffrey Kent
Thurs., February 7–Sun., March 31,
Mon.–Fri., 10 am–5 pm;
Sat.-Sun., noon–5 pm
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park:
The Herbert Bearman Art Gallery, 1417 Thames St.
in this solo show Curated by MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS), Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent ’10 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) criticizes what he sees as some of the opinions within the Black Christian community on marriage equality for same-sex couples. Using painting, collage, sculpture, and multi-media installation, Kent creates a metaphorical expression of current political events through racially charged imagery. In Preach!, Kent draws parallels between the civil rights movement and the fight for marriage equality in the United States by exploring imagery of racial prejudice.
The course instructor chooses the artist(s)-in-residence and/or exhibition theme, venue(s), sponsoring partner(s), and professional mentors for each EDS project in advance. To start the first semester students are introduced to the artist/theme and conduct extensive research to collaboratively establish their vision for the upcoming exhibition. They build a relationship with the artist-in-residence who is integral to the process and regularly meets with the class.
The class then divides themselves into six teams which assume a range of responsibilities and are mentored throughout the year by professionals in each area. Students work together as a class and separately in their respective teams. Through the collaboration of team members with each other and with their mentors, students gain both technical skills and invaluable experiences from hands-on hard work. They develop draft proposals and make presentations to the artist, mentors and class as a whole before finalizing proposals into actual plans. The process includes audience development and outreach to members of the community with presentations about the exhibition to discuss what the class and the community could do to benefit one another.
The Curatorial team works closely with the artist to select the artwork included in the exhibition. The Education team determines target audiences for the exhibition and plans a variety of public programs. The placement of work, lighting, and design of appropriate environments is the responsibility of the Exhibit Design team. The Graphic Design team produces the visual identity for the exhibition and designs the associated print materials. The Web team coordinates the layout and execution of the website and blog. The Project Coordinators team establishes the class agenda, oversees deadlines, and facilitates communication with MICA administration and appropriate partners. A writing mentor insures that all teams create and produce appropriate and scholarly work.
By first semester's end, the class has developed a budget, timeline, and a complete work plan. This plan goes into implementation second semester with the launch of the website, production of a catalog, development of educational materials, and the installation of the exhibition. During the course of the exhibition all students oversee and participate in docent tours and programming. Their working process and archives of their final products become the basis for a casebook, which includes thorough self, group and professional critiques and evaluations.
- Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott (MICA, traveled to Smithsonian Institution, New England Quilt Museum and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art);
- The Marlborough Art Project (Marlborough Apartments);
- Subject to Change, Parts I and II: Linda Bills, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Jason Swift (MICA);
- Joyce J. Scott Kickin' It with the Old Masters (Baltimore Museum of Art, traveled to 10 museums);
- Situated Realities: Where Technology and Imagination Intersect (MICA, traveled to Minneapolis College of Art & Design);
- Everlasting: A Multimedia Sound + Video Installation by Ann Fessler (MICA);
- Comics on the Verge (MICA);
- Lawson Oyekan and the Spirit of Nature (MICA);
- At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland (Maryland Historical Society and Reginald F. Lewis African American Museum);
- Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square (Mount Vernon Place);
- Follies, Predicaments and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul (MICA)
- Bearing Witness: Works by Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry (MICA, Contemporary Museum, Maryland Art Place, Carroll Mansion, Shot Tower, Walters Art Museum and Reginald F. Lewis African American Museum).
- Baltimore: Open City (MICA, North Avenue Market)
- Under Cover (MICA)