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Gabriel Albin

Gabriel Ablin photo

BFA, General Fine Arts

Class of 2004

“What I learned at MICA was that challenges are there to be overcome, and there are many solutions to be discovered along the way." 

After graduating from MICA with a degree in general fine arts, Gabriel Albin '04 joined the Peace Corps “to break out of the norms of American life and see how I could travel and contribute to other communities,” he said. He landed in Cameroon, West Africa, working with the local government to train teachers in information technology. But he didn’t neglect his art. He performed illustration and design work for local youth development projects and taught art classes to high school students. “I really saw my time in Cameroon as a time of inspiration,” he said. “I’ve made many photographs and sketches, and now in the studio back in America, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences and my work.”

His time in Cameroon wasn’t without challenges. He worked hard to break communication barriers and adjust to cultural differences, but his MICA education taught him the art of perseverance. “What I learned at MICA was that challenges are there to be overcome, and there are many solutions to be discovered along the way,” he said. “And I can’t overemphasize the creative outlook and ability to see art in anything that I developed during my time at MICA.”