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April Shows, Events Include Many Alumni, Faculty, Staff

monthly highlights of MICA community exhibitions, installations

Posted 04.01.10 by mica communications

James Rieck, George, oil, flocking, mica, 2010



Members of the MICA community have their work showcased in exhibitions off-campus in April. Here are highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


Baltimore-area shows and events

On view for one night only, April 30, 7-9 p.m., old North Avenue Market, 10 W. North Ave.
MICA connection: Interdisciplinary sculpture class, Reality TV, taught by Sarah Doherty
• MICA faculty member Sarah Doherty's Reality TV class is showing a one night only exhibition of video, sound, performance, sculptural and digital works. The show, Pleather, features the work of 18 undergraduate students: Sean Bennett, Dimitri Brand, Ainsley Buckner, Jacob Dibeler, Virginia Duncan, Maura Dwyer, William Gerould, Katherine Glenn, Joakim Hallstrom, Ryan Hammond, Cathy Johnson, Michael Koliner, Krista Martin, Lauren Nikolaus, Marisa Rand, Katrina Schneider, Colin Van Winkle and Graham Wimbrow

2010: A Space Odyssey: Ceramic Installation and Outstallation
On view April 24-May 29 (reception on April 24, 6-8 p.m.), Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave.
MICA connection: David East, chair of ceramics, and MICA alumni, Emily Barletta '03 (fiber) and Anthony Stellachio '01 (ceramics)
• "Clayworks will transform our gallery space, so we can challenge and transform people's perception of the possibilities of clay as an artistic material."

Social Change Exhibition
On view April 23-June 3 (reception on April 23, 6-8 p.m.), Towson ARTS Collective, 406 York Road, lower level, Towson
MICA connection: Hannah Brancato '08 '11 (fiber, M.A. in Community Art candidate) and Cassandra Kapsos-Scouten '11 (M.F.A. in Studio Art candidate)
The show--juried by Rebecca Hoffberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum, and Marc Steiner, host of WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show--includes the work of 29 artists working toward social justice in some aspect of their art.

Fabritory at Sustainable Community Development Projects at Baltimore Green Week
Happening April 20, North Avenue Market, 12 W. North Ave.
MICA connection: Climate Change & Sustainability course with faculty member Hugh Pocock
• MICA and Morgan State University will present sustainable solutions to community redevelopment needs. Throughout the semester, Baltimore Green Week connected city leaders with students through a series of engaging conversations in the classroom with a focus on the much-needed redevelopment of the North Avenue corridor. Students were then challenged to come up with sustainable solutions to some of the issues grappled with in class. These projects will be presented throughout the day and in the evening as an art opening.

Valeska Populoh's Transmodern performance piece.7th Annual Transmodern Festival
Happening April 15-April 18, various locations throughout Baltimore
MICA connection: There are numerous members of the MICA community involved, including Laure Drogoul '81, Lydia Kenselaar '07, Rebecca Nagle '08 and Matt Lohry '11, who are on the curating team for the festival; and Gary Kachadourian '79, Jen Kirby '08, Nadia Hironaka (faculty), Robby Rackleff '09, Sarah Jablecki '08 and Valeska Populoh (faculty) are all exhibiting artists among many others
Transmodern is a festival of provocative works by cultural experimenters from Baltimore and beyond. The artists of the 7th Annual Transmodern Festival defy traditional genres and embrace radical innovation through transmedia, clashes of organic vs. artificial intelligence, psychogeography, dislocation of consensus reality, real politic and collective cultural action. For more information, click here.

David Brewster, Removing Safes from Rubble: Great Baltimore Fire (detail), charcoal and liquefied pastel on Mi-Tientes, 2010.Conflagration
On view April 15-May 15 (reception on April 15, 6-8 p.m.), C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show of David Brewster '85 (painting)
• Paintings focusing on the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.


Elizabeth Wade, Carnival (detail), acrylic on canvas, 2009.
Betes Sauvages

On view April 15-May 15 (reception on April 15, 6-8 p.m.), C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Elizabeth Wade '07 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
• The artist presents paintings and prints.


Design Conversation: Invention
Happening April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Windup Space, 12 North Ave.
MICA connection: MICA faculty members and co-authors for Center for Design Practice's latest book, Exploring Materials, Ellen Lupton and Inna Alesina
The diverse lineup of guest speakers for this ongoing series includes neuroscientist Charles Limb, MICA's Ellen Lupton and Inna Alesina, and David Peloff, Program Director for Emerging Technologies at Hopkins.

Beauty and the Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics lecture
Talk on April 11, 2-3 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Cornel Rubino, foundation and illustration faculty member
• Cornel Rubino along with two doctors will discuss the dynamic collaboration between the Walters and the Zanvyl Krieger Mind ⁄ Brain Institute at The Johns Hopkins University, pioneering a new approach to the neural basis of the aesthetic experience, while Rubino's artistic sensibility will provide a poignant counterpoint to the conversation.

Opening April 10, 6-8:30 p.m., Spur Gallery, 3504 Ash St.
MICA connection: The list of participating artists includes many alumni as well as faculty members Warren Linn, Rebecca Bradley, Whitney Sherman and José Villarubia
100 HEADS FOR HAITI is an exhibition designed to raise money for Doctors Without Borders
by selling original drawings, paintings and collages donated by invited artists.

Sabrina Kogan, Tent City, hand-set letterpress on chipboard, blotter and museum board, 2009.19.6% ...26.2% ... ?: An Exhibit About Poverty and Homelessness
On view April 9-May 14 (reception on April 9, 7-9 p.m.), Baltimore City Hall Rotunda, 100 N. Holliday St.
MICA connection: Poverty and Homelessness class project led by environmental design faculty member Kuo Pao Lian and language, literature & culture faculty member Craig Keller
• MICA students are bringing their coursework to City Hall. Art representing research and design based on growing poverty problems in the nation will be on display from Friday, April 9-Friday, May 14. In 19.6% ...26.2% ... ?: An Exhibit About Poverty and Homelessness, a collection of artwork will provide a point of reference, focus and empathy to help the audience comprehend the issues associated with suffering from economic marginalization--in all of its complexities and contradictions. For more information, click here.

Are You of the Body
On view April 9-June 5 (reception on April 8, 6-9 p.m.), School 33, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection:
MICA Director of Exhibitions Gerald Ross is curating the show, and sculpture technician Benjamin Lock  and Kathleen Thum '92 (general fine arts) are featured in it
• Kathleen Thum '92, Mason Eubanks and Benjamin Lock are three artists who, while having very different methods in making their "abstractions," share a similarity that most masterful artists who work in this vein have: a precept to subliminal reference and a direction towards the ideas of space and how we imagine we inhabit it.

Baker Artist Awards 2010
On view April 7-June 27, Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at 31st Street
MICA connection: Animation faculty member Karen Yasinsky and sculptor Richard Cleaver '78 (ceramics)
• Karen Yasinsky and Richard Cleaver are two of the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners, showing at the BMA along with the other Baker Prize category winners. For more information on the prize, click here.

Music of the Mind: Jaromir Stephany Photographs and Digital Images
On view April 6-June 30, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle
MICA connection: Jaromir "Jerry" Stephany, MICA professor and chair of the photography department from 1966 to 1973
• This retrospective exhibition of photographs and digital images made by the accomplished photographer Jaromir Stephany has at its core powerful inspirations from music. Throughout his life Stephany was enamored of music, particularly composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, and found expression for the emotionality of their music in his clichés verre, cameraless photographs made by drawing on glass and printing the imagery onto photographic paper. This retrospective examines the development of Stephany's unique visual language throughout his career and unfortunately serves as a memorial as he died April 14.

Homewood Art Workshops Faculty Exhibition
On view April 5-May 2 (reception on April 9, 5:30-8 p.m.), F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University, N. Charles and E. 33rd streets
MICA connection: Exhibit features work of Craig Hankin '79, Phyllis Berger '93 '98, D.S. Bakker '81 '91, Barbara Gruber '97, Cara Ober '05, Larcia Premo '97 '99 and Gricel Salazar '04 '05, and Tom Chalkley

Phyllis Berger, View from Cap Frehel (detail), Giclée print on paper, 2007.Sculpture at Evergreen 2010: Simultaneous Presence
On view April 2-Sept. 26 (reception on May 2, 1-4 p.m.), Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Curated by Jennie Fleming '98 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Curated by artist Jennie Fleming and architect Ronit Eisenbach, the exhibition features 10 new site-specific temporary outdoor sculptures.

The Sacred Arts of Asia
On view through May 15, Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University, Osler and Cross Capus drives, Towson
MICA connection: Show curated by John Gilmore Ford '60 (interior design)
• Ancient and modern artworks from Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Tibet

Specimens of Infrastructure
On view through May 1, Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show by Michelle Hagewood '02 (general fine arts)

Stones, Sea, Sky: Celtic Landscapes
On view through April 25, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Phyllis Berger '93 '98 (photography)
• Twenty to 30 prints by photographer, teacher and MICA graduate Phyllis Berger are on display.

On view through April 19, Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myer Maritime Park Museum, 1417 Thames St.
MICA connection: Solo show by Lindsay MacCuaig '00 '01 (painting, M.A. in Teaching)
• Works by Lindsay MacCuaig that fit into this month's theme of Women's Movement.

Journey to the White House: A Quilt by Dr. Joan Gaither
On view March 3-June 6, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
MICA connection: Joan Gaither, chair of the undergraduate portion of the B.F.A./M.A. in Teaching
• This quilt documents President Barack Obama's life story and political journey to the White House. Adapted from a Baltimore Album Quilt, this piece incorporates traditional patterns as well as original designs. To learn more about the Journey to the White House quilt, visit her blog.

Wasteland: a group photography exhibition
On view March 3-April 10, C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Leslie Furlong '02 (M.F.A. in Photo & Digital Imaging), Christopher Myers '94 (photography) and Cara Ober '05 (M.F.A. in Studio Art), who has written an accompanying essay for the show

Forum of 40 Champions
On view  through April 10 (reception on April 10, 5-7 p.m.), Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
MICA connection: Curated by Gary Kachadourian '79
• Gary Kachadourian, guest curator, put together 40 works of super heroes by artists.

4X4 Photography
On view through April 10, Towson Arts Collective, 410 York Road, Towson
MICA connection: Exhibiting artists include Howard Greenberg '69, Jenee Mateer '96 and faculty member Laurie Snyder

Annet Couwenberg, Dutch Shotgun Chaps, installation view Gyeonggi MoMa, Korea, paper doilies and pins, fabric and steel boning, 2009. Photo by Dan Meyers. A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art
On view Feb. 12-April 17, Towson University's Center for the Arts Gallery
MICA connection: Annet Couwenberg, a fiber faculty member who was a longtime chair of the department
• The exhibtion presents the work of 16 artists of diverse backgrounds who address aspects of identity, including nationality, ethnicity, gender and religion, with media encompasing sculpture, time-based painting, prints, fibers and photography. For more information, click here.


Regional shows

Carla Johnson '13, A Cry for Help, digital print.The Senator Verna L. Jones Annual BSU Exhibition
On view through April 12, Room 420 of the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St.
MICA connection: Exhibition features work by Black Student Union memebers
The Senator Verna L. Jones Annual BSU Exhibition, inaugurated by state Sen. Verna L. Jones (Baltimore City), showcases the work of members of MICA's Black Student Union. Maryland legislators and residents view and purchase work made by emerging artists of color at an exhibition in Sen. Jones' office in Annapolis that lasts for the duration of the 2010 legislative session. For more information, click here.

28th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show
Open April 22-25, National Building Museum
MICA connection: Shana Kroiz, faculty member and the special events and workshop coordinator for MICA's Jewelry Center at Meadow Mill
• Shana Kroiz's artwork is featured on the publicity materials for this juried exhibition and sale of fine American craft.

Old Lines from the Luminous State
On view April 2-May 8 (reception on April 2, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk on April 8, noon), Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW
MICA connection: Bart O'Reilly '12 (M.F.A. in Studio Art)
• Solas Nua, Flashpoint's resident organization dedicated to contemporary Irish arts, presents an exhibition by painter and video artist Bart O'Reilly. The Baltimore-based Irish artist will present an installation investigating artistic process, drawing fodder from the artist's experiences, including visits to ancestral barns and working with developmentally disabled adults. For more information, click here.


Out-of-town shows

Eve Andrée Laramée, Magic Lantern: The Memory of the Stones, copper, brass, stainless steel, glass lens, videoLuminous Darwin: The Lost Notebooks of Charles Darwin part of the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition
On view April 17-Oct. 17, American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. Fifth St.
MICA connection: Eve Andrée Laramée, faculty member in interdisciplinary sculpture
Lumnious Darwin, by Eve Andrée Laramée, is an artistic intervention within the historical exhibition, Dialogues with Darwin. Reponding to the visual culture of the mid-19th century, the artist made sculptures that play on historical scientific instruments as well as 19th-century pre-cinematic devices. Laramée presents video-sculpture interpretations of evolution in relation to the animal, vegetable and mineral realms. This unique model for an artist's project allows the viewer to absorb the historical material and simultaneously reflect on the contemporary material, thus bridging thought processes on evolution of a 21st-century artist with a 19th-century scientist creating an imaginary "conversation" spanning 200 years.

Post-Revolutionary Selections from the Powel House Moving Image Archive, 1888-2089
On view April 9-May 9 (reception on April 9, 5-9 p.m.), Powel House Museum, 244 S. Third St.
MICA connection: Nadia Hironaka, video and film arts faculty member
• A new video installation by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib is presented by The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. It is the newest site-specific commission in its program of contemporary art in historic sites, Landmarks Exhibitions: Contemporary Projects. Hironaka and Suib's project is a museum-wide video installation resulting from a long-term residency.

I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill

On view Jan. 14-April 25, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University
MICA connection: Lesley Dill
'80 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• A traveling retrospective exhibition organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art

Mead Hall
On view April 23-May 21 (reception on April 23, 6-9 p.m.), Lyons Wier Gallery, 175 Seventh Ave.
MICA connection: Solo show of James Rieck '87 '03 (painting, Mount Royal School of Art), recently named MICA's Alumni Council chairman
• Inspired by the epic poem Beowulf, James Rieck's show engages not only with medieval themes of violence and sex, but also with the age-old division between literature and the visual arts.

Select Gender
On view April 1-May 22 (reception on April 1, 6-8:30 p.m.), Farmani Gallery, 111 Front St., Suite 212, Brooklyn (DUMBO)
MICA connection: curated by Rafael Soldi '09, Elle Perez '11 and Paolo Morales, and highlighting the work of J. Aiden Simon '09 and Nicholas Djandji '08 as well other many other emerging artists
Select Gender, highlighting the work of 14 rising photographers communicating their contemporary viewpoint, will present a diverse selection of innovative artworks that focus on the theme of gender perceptions and the role of sexual assignments in America and abroad.

The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts

On view March 11-April 11, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 W. 155 St., enter on Audubon Terr.
MICA connection: Sangram Majumdar
, a faculty member in drawing, painting and foundation departments
• This annual group show is of works by approximately 30 contemporary artists who are candidates for the Academy's prestigious art awards and purchase program.

Right Here, Out There (Nowhere)

On view March 2-April 18, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., Brooklyn
MICA connection: Nadia Hironaka
, video and film arts faculty member
• The latest video and sound installation by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib is playing in Brooklyn this month. For more information and a description of the project, click here. The video debuted as part of Madrid's ARCOmadrid Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, CinemaLoop, in February.

Jeff Koons Beach House, oil on canvas, 2003.Size DOES Matter, Curated by Shaquille O'Neal
On view Feb. 19-May 27, The FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W. 25th St., 9th floor
MICA connection: Jeff Koons '76 (general fine arts) and James Rieck '87 '03 (painting, Mount Royal School of Art) each have a piece in the group show
• The highly lauded group show, curated by basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, includes works from international artists exploring the myriad ways that scale affects the perception of contemporary art.

The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
On view Feb. 17-June 8, National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Ave. at 89th Street
MICA connection: Timothy App
, director of Hoffberger School of Painting, and department alumnae Amita Bhatt '09 and Kim Manfredi '88 '09
• This annual exhibition features 65 emerging and established artists, three of which have ties to Hoffberger School of Painting. An extremely competitive juried invitational, the exhibition showcases new artistic directions in contemporary American art. For more information, click here.

Andrew Bovasso, Loews Theater (detail)NOSTALGIA
On view April 6-May 1 (reception on April 9, 5-7 p.m.), Vermont Photography WorkPlace/PhotoPlace Gallery, 3 Park St.
MICA connection: Andrew Bovasso '09 and Zev Schmitz '10 are a part of the group show
• Photography is an art of the instant, of Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment." But it is also an art of past moments--records of slices of time that no longer exist. In this juried exhibition, NOSTALGIA, the curator was interested in photographs that investigate aspects of past time, memory, and public or personal histories.

On view April 16-May 4, Chicago Tourism Center Gallery, 72 E. Randolph St.
MICA connection: Luke Williams '09 (graphic design)
Printervention is an exhibition and public art project featuring more than 70 artists and designers from across the country. For more information, click here.

On view Jan. 28-April 11, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive
MICA connection: Jason Peters '99 (sculpture)
• This solo show for Jason Peters is part of OKCMOA's New Frontiers series highlighting the work of individual contemporary artists and current perspectives in the field. For the exhibition, Peters created sculptural installations specifically for presentation in the Museum's galleries. The physicality of Peters' work is reinforced by a large-scale presence and use of ready-made objects. For more information, click here.

If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu. For a listing of exhibitions and events in March, click here.

Photo caption: James Rieck '87 '03, George, oil, flocking, mica, 2010. Rieck's solo show Mead Hall is on view April 23-May 21 at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York.

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.