The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation graduate arts award geared toward students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to fund a graduate degree in the arts. Up to 15 winners are typically chosen per year out of hundreds of applicants nationwide.
Named a recipient of the award in 2012, Mario Alberto Mutis Rodriguez ’12 will pursue an MFA degree in Ceramics with a focus in interdisciplinary and craft studies from University of Florida. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, ceramics is a material interwoven into his culture, and Rodriguez’s work centers on his native Colombian heritage and his close family ties.
After receiving his graduate degree, Rodriguez would like to teach in colleges as well as start his own school in Colombia. “With my work and my degree, I want to be able to show the possibilities of what ceramics can be, as well as what art is able to do,” Rodriguez said.
Four additional MICA alumni have been Jack Kent Cooke recipients since the scholarship’s inception about 10 years ago, and two scholars from other institutions have chosen to attend MICA for graduate study.