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Jordan Pemberton

Painting alumna Jordan Pemberton '13

BFA, Painting

Class of 2013

from: Tecumseh, Michigan

Jordan Pemberton ’13 said her first love was painting, but her artistic practice spans other genres as well. In fact, the senior who hails from Tecumseh, Michigan, won the 2012 Boulevard magazine Poetry Contest for Emerging Artists, receiving $1,000 for her efforts and publication in the fall 2013 issue of the magazine.

Winning first prize for her poetry was a big surprise for Pemberton, who doesn’t write nearly as much as she paints. But her poetry and her paintings cover similar themes, including her childhood memories and the importance of a sense of place.

“Moving to Baltimore has made me realize how rooted I am because many of my memories are in Michigan,” she said. “That’s very important to me.”

Pemberton won a number of scholarships while at MICA, including the Louise N. Myerberg Family Scholarship, the Jules M. Bodarky Scholarship, and the Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarship. She’s had her work featured at MICA’s Invited: Celebration Station and the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition. She also interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and works at (left to right) All artwork by Jordan Pemberton ’13 (painting). Brick Pallet, Summer, oil on canvas, 2012; Murray Street/Logan Street, oil on canvas, 2012. Baltimore’s Goya Contemporary Gallery as a gallery assistant.

“Being at the Smithsonian was mind blowing because I never could have imagined how an institution that big works,” she said. At the Goya Contemporary Gallery, she’s also benefited from seeing what happens behind the scenes in the art world. “From these experiences I know a little more about how museums and galleries work,” she said.

While there are many highlights to her MICA experience, the best thing about MICA for her has been learning from a community of artists. Looking ahead, Pemberton has been accepted to AmeriCorps’ Montana Conservation Corps in Helena, Montana, as well as to three residencies: one through the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, Washington; another with the Leipzig International Art Programme in Leipzig, Germany; and a third through La Fragua, a nonprofit cultural organization in Cordoba, Spain.

Wherever she lands, she believes her MICA experience has lived up to her expectations. “I wanted to go to a really good art school,” she said. “That was really important.”