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2009 BFA, MFA Grads Exhibit Work at Conner Contemporary Art in Washington Aug. 1-Sept. 4

ACADEMY 2009 is an invitational survey of outstanding work by recent fine art graduates

Posted 07.09.09 by MICA Media Relations

Casey Reed Johnson '09, "A Collision of Misguided Attempts," sculpture.

WASHINGTON-MICA 2009 BFA and MFA alumni Danny Baskin (general fine arts), Alan Callander (Photography & Digital Imaging), Corey Grimsley (art history), Casey Reed Johnson (general fine arts), Jin Young Kang (Mount Royal School of Art), Alex Roulette (painting), Ryan Schroeder (painting) and Rafael Soldi (photography) are among 19 recent fine art graduates featured in ACADEMY 2009, the ninth annual invitational survey at Conner Contemporary Art, 1358-60 Florida Ave., NE. The exhibition, curated by Jamie Smith, opens Saturday, Aug. 1 and continues through Friday, Sept. 4. A reception takes place Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nearly 150 graduates have participated since ACADEMY's 2001 debut. Some have achieved international recognition, exhibiting at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Nassauischen Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany; and The British Museum, London.

Exhibition initiatives:

PULSE Presents
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair will award one of this year's exhibiting artists an exhibition space at PULSE Miami 2009. PULSE Presents, a collaboration between PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and organizations, institutions, artists, and individuals dedicated to the visual arts and contemporary culture, stages exhibitions and symposia in various cities around the world.

No Artist Left Behind / Washington Project for the Arts
Washington Project for the Arts will co-host a workshop as part of its No Artist Left Behind series: "The Top 10 Things Every Artist Should Know" with Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber, authors of ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career (2009). The authors will discuss career management, business and legal issues for artists. The workshop takes place Aug. 1, 4-6 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Conner Contemporary Web site or call 202-588-8750.

For more information about the MICA-affiliated artists or any of MICA's programs, call 410-225-2300.

Caption information: Casey Reed Johnson '09, A Collision of Misguided Attempts, sculpture.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.