Through a rigorous curriculum that explores traditional conventions and contemporary methods and forms, students in MICA's painting major develop the ability to give voice to their ideas. The major's studio- and critique-based design fosters solid training and technical proficiency as well as independent expression, resulting in a highly energized program considered one of the best of its kind in the U.S.

Painting Alums Among Fulbright Winners

Shana Hoehn '13 and Aaron Chung '13 are recent recipients of Fulbright Study/Research Grants. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is providing these alumni the opportunity to travel to their prospective countries to expand research in their chosen fields.

Hoehn will use her grant to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to study Installation Art. Hoehn will be partnering with the Museo Textil de Oaxaca and the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico as she works on her project, Domestic Alters and Their Roles in the Daily Lives of Women.

Chung will travel to South Korea to examine Asian calligraphy and symbols as well as the wildlife, plants, and natural landscapes of Korean art in his project, South Korea: Reflection on Korean Painting and Calligraphy.

Alumni Profile: John Aquila

John Aquila painting group mural

John Aquila came to MICA because of Baltimore. Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, a city much like Baltimore, he saw it as a place he wanted to help grow and flourish.

Being an orientation leader his sophomore year led him to become involved with admissions and student activities. He probably gave a tour to most of the freshmen on campus. He saw this role as a way to spread his love of the school and Baltimore to those interested in coming to MICA. "Tours were way to share my experiences with prospective students," he said. "MICA is a great asset to Baltimore culturally, and Baltimore is an asset to MICA because of the location and endless opportunities."

Read John's full profile.

Image: John Aquila (pictured at right) creates a mural at the University of Maryland complex.

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