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April Brings Events, Exhibitions Headlined by MICA Community

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are stars of local, national and international exhibitions and events

Posted 04.01.12 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Kathryn Ciesemier '08 (illustration), "Drowzee"

Members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the United States and the world in April 2012. Here are some of the main events (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


Live to Love Life: The Baltimore United Viewfinders
On view starting April 9 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N Wolfe St., Baltimore
Opening Reception: April 9, 4-6 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: MA and MFA in Community Arts students
- The Viewfinders are young leaders who use photography to tell the collective story of their East Baltimore community from their own perspective.

April 29, 11 a.m., at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Faculty member R.L. Tillman and former faculty member Jason Urban
- Discover how printmaking impacts your life during this lively discussion with the founders of Printeresting.org, the premier blog of all things print related.

Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair
April 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and April 29, noon-6 p.m., at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Faculty memebrs Bob Cicero and Mary Masburn, Printmaking Department students, and Ben Levy '09, a MICA graduate and curatorial assistant who works in the Prints, Drawings & Photographs Department at The Baltimore Museum of Art
- Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock created a limited edition poster for the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair during a 3-day residency at MICA. The poster, which benefits both the museum and MICA, can be purchased for $200 by emailing printmaking@mica.edu.


Gold for the Price of Silver
On view through April 14, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street, NW
MICA Connection: Jenny Mullins '09 (Hoffberger)
Jenny Mullins explores themes of consumerism and American identity in her newest series of paintings, titled Gold for the Price of Silver. Her monolithic and intensely detailed images incorporate traditional drawing and collage techniques to recreate contorted scenes from the works of nineteenth century French sculpture Antoine-Louis Barye. Equal parts eye candy and repulsion, the images question the ideal of the American lifestyle.

Jackson Martin, Descent
On view through April 14, Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts, 115 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD
MICA CONNECTION: Jackson Martin '07, Dan Allende '10, Ian Cox '11 and Hugh Pocock (foundation faculty)


Inside Edward Hopper's Truro Studio: Paintings by Philip Koch
On view  through May 13Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
As a young artist, Philip Koch was inspired by seeing the art of Edward Hopper to change from painting abstractions to working in a realist direction. Since 1983 Koch has had thirteen residencies in Hopper's Cape Cod painting studio in S. Truro, Massachusetts. On display is a selection of paintings of the interior of the Cape Cod Hopper studio Koch painted on location.

More Than a Passing Glance
On view through August 22, New York Public Library, The Art Collection, 3rd Floor, 40th Street at 5th Avenue, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Jan Staller '75
From the New York Public Library: "Mid-Manhattan Library present More than a Passing Glance an exhibition of large scale color photographs by well-known photographer Jan Staller. At once recognizable and yet abstract the striking images made during 2010 - 2011 depict construction sites, scrap metal yards, parking lots, boat yards and other places ordinarily visited for their intended function and assumed not to offer much visual delight, except when they appear in Staller's photographs."

2011 Factory Installed

On view through May 2012, The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh
MICA CONNECTIONS: Natalia Gonzalez '11
Six international artists, including Natalia Gonzalez from Bolivia, were chosen from 600 artist-submitted portfolios to work in residence at the Mattress Factory in September and October to create works for an exhibition on view from October 28 to February 26, 2012.

Hairy Blob
On view through July 29, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago
MICA CONNECTION: Becky Alprin '08
The Hairy Blob dissects traditional concepts of time and resources through artworks in video, sculpture, drawing, installation, dance and sound. The exhibition shows how artists depict time by analyzing various built and natural environments. Rather than discussing time as memory or nostalgia, the works present time as a means to address notions of power and politics, and their impact on the use of resources.


Kathryn Ciesemier '08 (illustration), Pokémon: Battle Royale
On view April 16 through May 11, Light Grey Art Lab / Gallery, 118 E 26th St., Suite 101, Minneapolis
Opening Reception: April 20, 7-10 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION:   Alumni Kristen Acampora, Abby Boeh, Jee-Shaun Wang, Tyler Parker,  Alyssa Nassner, Julianna Brion, Julia Kostreva, Andrea Kalfas, Sam Bosma, Michael Clayton, Jimmy Giegerich, Rachel Dougherty, Nick Illuzada, Christopher Muccioli, Kali Ciesemier, Jordan Jeffries, Taylor Fischer, Annie Wu, Niv Bavarsky, Kristin Nohe, Willem Rosenthal, Kyle Fewell, Michael Hoeweler and Barbara Tarr; Illustration Department faculty member Jaime Zollars; and Graduate Director of the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice Whitney Sherman
- In Minneapolis, Nassner has helped launch a new community arts education center and gallery. One of the debut shows is Pokémon: Battle Royale which features 151 artists illustrating the original 151 Pokémon.


Outside/Inside the Box (Part of Fiber Philadelphia 2012)
On view through April 14, Crane Arts Building, Icebox Project Space, 1400 North America St., Philadelphia
MICA Connection: Jackson Martin '07


Come Back to Jamaica
On view through April 29, AMOA-Arthouse, Austin
MICA Connection: Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Andrea Chung's video Come Back to Jamaica is a subtle, yet biting commentary on postcolonial depictions of Jamaica.


Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography
On view April 6 through May 27, Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave., Seattle
Opening reception: April 12, 6-8 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Rafael Soldi '09 (photography)
- Peruvian artist Rafael Soldi approaches homosexuality from a cultural perspective. These images represent his struggle to surface from darkness, panic and hopelessness. He uses his relationship with a pervious partner as an anchor for coming to terms with and defining his sexuality while transitioning from one country to another. Soldi is now living in Seattle.


Frances Barth
On view through April 29, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
MICA CONNECTION: Frances Barth, director of the Mount Royal School of Art
For her first solo show in Asia, mid-career American artists Frances Barth presents imaginary landscapes that are at once confounding and sublime. Her radically abstract paintings possess a startling graphic clarity and are made of lush combinations of unnamable colors.


If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu.


Captions (top to bottom): Jackson Martin, Descent, clear vinyl, aluminum, grommets, monofilament, soil, cypress trees, 2012; Kathryn Ciesemier '08 (illustration), Drowzee.