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An Intimate View of Artists' Sketchbooks

Students and faculty open their journals.

Posted 10.28.14 by Marianne Sade

The most irritating experience for an artist is to have his work criticized before it is finished. - Andrew Wyeth 

Unexpected juxtapositions. Revealing minutiae. Doodles, drawings, dreams. Launch pads of ideas: sketchbooks!

It's time again for the bold sharing of personal sketchbooks and journal highlights from the 7th Annual Sketchbook Event, at Decker Library.

On October 27, volunteering students along with several faculty members brought their precious property to the Brown Center for the popular event, sponsored by the Drawing and Painting departments, to honor this integral part of an artist's journey and to inspire viewers.

As in the past, the library partnered by providing highlights from its broad collection on the theme, which visitors could peruse along with the student and faculty works on display. Those who may have missed it, or who want a closer look at the variety of expression, are welcome to view student selections as well as a sampling of the library's books in the Decker Library's exhibit cases through November 14. Take a peek!

Students whose work is on display include:

Sami Alwani
Matt Clark
Braden Denton
Elise Drake
Rowan Fulton
Wiley Guillot
Tamsen Hall
Rachel Hayden
Lin Hu
Howy Huang
Kelsey Hunter
Steven Johnson
Hannah Leighton
Kaitlyn Malloy
Jasper Novosel
Liora Ostroff
Ellen Phillips
Sam Rietenbach
Spencer "Pixie" Shope

Jarek Sparaco
Mai Stoebe
Beth Sullivan and
Seon Young Park

October 28 - November 14, 2014
Curated by Howie Weiss and Marianne Sade

Circulation policy for books on exhibit:
Circulating books on display in the museum cases are available for check out at any time. Please see a staff member at the circulation desk to request a book from the cases. Titles, when available, may be checked out at any time from the MRC. For books on display from the Special Collections (Cage), please see a reference librarian.

Image information:
Photos from the 7th Annual Sketchbook Event, courtesy of Meredith Moore.


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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.