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ARTnews Magazine Showcases the Garment Sculptures of Shinique Smith '92 '03

MICA alumna's diverse education and experiences lead to stellar career

Posted 01.04.10 by mica media relations

Shinique Smith '92 '03

In its January 2010 issue, ARTnews magazine showcases the work of Shinique Smith '92 '03 in a six-page feature article. Smith, a Baltimore native, attended MICA on scholarship beginning in 1988, earning her B.F.A. in general fine arts, studying anatomy and assemblage, and making several video pieces. She returned to MICA in 2001 after several years working in the film industry. She studied Japanese calligraphy and created performance pieces in which she bound herself in layers of fabric and photographed the results. After she graduated from the Mount Royal School of Art in 2003, she got a fellowship in Maine then went straight to New York, where she began exhibiting in group shows at alternative spaces around the city. Smith's signature artistic expression came soon after as part of a 2004 exhibition at the Studio Museum, where she created a 400-pound bale of clothing. Though this is what she is well-known for, Smith also makes 3-D works that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Photo caption: Shinique Smith '92 '03 sitting in front of her painting, Especially in the Afternoon, 2008. (Photo by Keith Bedford, courtesy ARTnews)

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.