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April Shows Feature Alumni, Faculty, Students

MICA artists participate in many off-campus shows this month

Posted 04.01.11 by mica communications

Annet Couwenberg, Pansori  video produced at the GCC residency in Korea, 2010.







Members of the MICA community have their work showcased in exhibitions off-campus in April 2011. Here are highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


Baltimore shows and events

8th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Action), April 28- May 1
The H&H Galleries, 424 N. Eutaw St., Current Gallery, 421 N. Howard St. and the 14 Karat Cabaret, 218 Saratoga St. Tickets are $12.00 or $30.00 for a festival pass.
•The organizers have brought a diverse, impressive and magical array of artists together for four exciting days to celebrate the expansive notion of "performance art" and to activate the downtown spaces between each of the venues through outdoor installations, murals, street performance and window installations.
MICA connections: Stephanie Barber-faculty, Olivia Robinson '98/faculty, and Tracy Thomason '06 to name a few of the many MICA community members to be featured. For more information about featuring artists visit, www.transmodernfestival.org

On view April 9-May 7, 120 W. North Ave
•This exhibition is about the concept of the interaction between the skin and the body. It touches on issues like racism, cultural influences and sex. The exhibition will also express ways in which humans decorate and abuse, their skin.
MICA connection: Nikia Kigler '10. For more information visit, loadoffun.net

MICA Models Art Show
On view March 31-April 17, Zella's Pizzaria, 1145 Hollins St.
• This exhibit explores what models do when they have their clothes on through a wide variety of art style and interesting media from MICA models.

Text Message/Poetry + Fiction Writing Workshop
Happening Saturdays, March 19-April 16, 2-3:30 p.m., The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive (Cost: $75 members, $100 non-members)
MICA connection: Led by Baltimore writer Justin Sirois '01

Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch
On view March 11-April 30 (artists' mixer on April 9, 5-9 p.m.), Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Christina Batipps '03 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Jennifer Cheek '10 (painting), Daniel Everett '11 (painting), Phylicia Ghee '10 (photography), Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle '09 (painting), Nikia Kigler '10 (general fine arts), Donald Swindler '72 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Jennifer Tam '12 (art history, theory & criticism) and James Williams II '09 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch features 40 artists from across the country who are making an indelible mark on the contemporary art movement with compelling and technically skilled artworks. The exhibition explores the renaissance of artistic expression and creativity in American art, and highlights Baltimore's position as an up-and-coming arts scene while raising questions about where art is going, both geographically and intellectually.

On view March 5- April 6, Sub Basement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St.
MICA connection: Pete Cullen '09 (Mount Royal School of Art), Ian MacLean Davis '06 (Mount Royal), Jarrett Min Davis '05 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Katherine Mann '09 (Hoffberger) and René Treviño '05 (Mount Royal). Curated by Timothy Horjus '05 (post bachelorette).

Collective Archive
On view March 4-April 30, School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection: Chloe Watson '10 (Mount Royal School of Art), Adam Griffiths '04 (video) and Ajay Leister '10 (fiber)
Collective Archive, an exhibition of five artists juried into and curated by Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., considers artwork that shares a deliberate personal vocabulary carefully realized by the artist. Creating a collective archive of meaning from the five artists' work, the exhibition considers the role of the individual and that of the group.

Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered
On view February 26-May 22, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Enshrined Materials
On view February 25-April 1, The Current Space Gallery, 421 N. Howard St.
MICA connection: 11 students from two concurrent interdisciplinary sculpture and art history, theory & criticism classes exhibit artwork
• For more information, click here.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
On view February 12-October 16, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
MICA connection: Chakaia Booker (acting director of Rinhart School of Sculpture), Maren Hassinger (director of Rinehart, on sabbatical), and Joyce J. Scott '70
Material Girls celebrates accomplished women artists whose sculptures, installations and mixed-media assemblages incorporate both traditional and unexpected art-making materials. Using hair, beads, tissue paper, rubber tires, plastic and other materials, the artists craft provocative forms and intricate surfaces that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.

Empty Waters
On view February 1-April 15, University of Maryland Baltimore, 621 W. Lombard St., Campus Center on the 2nd floor
MICA conenction: Solo show of Eileen Wold '10 (M.F.A. in Studio Art)
• Eileen Wold hopes to get people thinking hard about their role in degrading the Chesapeake Bay, especially the harbor, through her multimedia exhibition. For more on the exhibition, read the Baltimore Sun review of it here.

Glass House of DreamsGlass House of Dreams
On view December 13-April 30, Enoch Pratt Central Library, Second Floor Gallery, 400 Cathedral St.
MICA connection: David Simpson '70
• An exhibit of photographs and antique post cards celebrating the rebirth and flowering of a Baltimore treasure, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. Based on the book, Glass House of Dreams, by Margaret Stansbury, with photographs by David Simpson, the exhibit chronicles the history of glass houses in the United States, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Druid Hill Park, and pays tribute to the Honorable Howard Peters Rawlings. Click here for more information on the book.

Slouching Towards Yucca Mountain
Video about the project available online at USArtists
MICA connection: Project by faculty member Eve Andree Laramee with assistance by MICA alumni Chelsea Noggle '08 (sculpture), Michel Tallichet '08 (sculpture), Courntey "scrap" Wrenn '08 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Mia Ardito '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Slouching Towards Yucca Mountain
is a video installation dealing with environmental issues and the effects of radioactive waste on human health and water quality, in a Sci-Fi Western film style.

Regional shows

Travel Season

Solo show on view from April 15-May 8, Artist Talk, May 7, 5 p.m. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW
MICA connection: Chloe Watson '10
•These paintings created with coloring pencils, acrylics and contact paper, present viewers a world of places such as hotel rooms, galleries, studios and other previous dwellings. The removal of some small details allows for reflection and projection experience. For more information, visit dcartscenter.org

Off in a Corner
On view  April 1-May 7, Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G Street, NW.
•The exhibition brings together works that explore issues of drinking and adulthood as influenced by the artists' mutual interest in biography and narrative.
Over the past two years, Maier has completed more than 400 pen/ink drawings on bar coasters. These pieces serve as an autobiographical depiction of the artists travel history as well as an obsessive and unique depiction of modern life.
MICA connection: Dana Jeri Maier '04. For more information visit, flashpointdc.org

The Process of Peace

On view March 5-May 20 (reception on April 22, 6-8 p.m.), Towson ARTS Collective, 406 York Road
MICA connection: Hannah Brancato '11 (MFA in Community Arts), Colin Campbell '04 (general fine arts), Laura Cohen '09 (MA in Community Arts), Moira Fratantuono '09 (MA in Community Arts), Shaun Martin '05 (general fine arts), Christina Ralls '08 (MA in Community Arts) and Arts Education faculty member Paula Phillips. The exhibition is curated by Sarah McCann '08 (MA in Community Arts)

On view through April 9, Towson University Gallery, 8000 York Road
MICA connection: Marthe Keller '71 (painting)
• Three artists create strongly colored abstract installations with textiles on the 75th anniversary of the American Abstract Artists. There will be occasional performances by Towson University Dance Department students interacting with the art.

Barry Nemett installs a piece at Stevenson University. (Photo by Joseph Hyde)Adam's Crayons: A Tale of a Few Stories
On view February 14-April 16, Stevenson University's Gallery, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road
MICA connection: Exhibition created by Painting Department Chair Barry Nemett and his daughter, Laini Nemett '12 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
• The story behind this exhibit starts with a children's book, Adam's Crayons (Galileo Press, 2011) written by Niki Leopold and illustrated by Laini and Barry Nemett. The book, scheduled for release in March, is almost 30 years in the making. In 1983, Barry Nemett had a painting exhibition featuring gatherings of animals, titled Peaceable Kingdoms, at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. Inspired by Adam, the artist's then two-year-old son, the exhibit inspired author Niki Leopold. She approached Barry and his daughter, Laini, to illustrate her story. This exhibition--which includes all the images from the book as well as related examples of the collaborating artists' drawings and paintings--tells these intertwined story of Adam's Crayons and the book's creation.

Annet Couwenberg, Pansori  video produced at the GCC residency in Korea, 2010.Annet Couwenberg, Clothing as Interface: Cross Cultural Identity
On view March 25-April 29, C Street Gallery, 19 C St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Annet Couwenberg, fiber faculty member (former chair), who runs MICA's Collaborative Smart Textiles Research Lab
• Annet Couwenberg's work is based on the concept of clothing as metaphor that examines the precarious balance between the constraints of social norm and our private desires. This conflict between self-determination and dependency is a quest for her on a personal level. Our clothing functions as a place for addressing our understanding of self and culture. The work she makes becomes a receptacle for introspection to distinguishing between what we are and what we have learned to be.

Olivia Taliaferro, ErykahSkin Deep: Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell Annual BSU Exhibition
On view through April 11, Sen. Jones-Rodwell's office, Maryland State House, 11 Bladen St.
MICA connection: The work of 11 members of MICA's Black Student Union
• Skin Deep
is meant to engage and conjecture the notion that each person in society possess qualities that allure and fascinate, but not because of charm and beauty, but because of the diversity beneath the layers of their identity.

Minna Newman Nathanson, Amendment, 2006, stainless steel, 13.5 x 14 x 6Visionary Distillations
On view November 8-April 29, The American Center for Physics, One Physics Ellipse
MICA connection: Minna Newman Nathanson '42 (art education)
Visionary Distillations brings together the photographs of Robert Cassanova, the paintings of Kim Dylla and the sculptures of Minna Newman Nathanson. While their mediums differ, they each seek out the unexpected, and using their imagination, essentialize form to reveal fundamental patterns and connections.

On The Road
On view February 2-April 3, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd.
MICA connection: Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
ON THE ROAD features artists who work in the world, away from gallery or studio environments, inviting unexpected encounters. Many of their projects are created in temporary residencies, and explore tourism, informal public spaces, and nomadic peoples.
• In her Securicorp project, Baltimore artist Andrea Chung marks sites in Mauritius where sexual harassment is prevalent-by accompanying island women during their daily errands while dressed in her own self-designed security guard costume.
• Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen will present his book The Typology of New Public Sites along with videos exploring informal, disused spaces within walking distance of AAC.

AAC SOLOS 2011, April 15 - June 5, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd
•DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Australia, selected this year's crop of promising emerging contemporary artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. MICA connection: Jennifer Coster '11, Joshua Wade Smith '08, '10 and Ailsa Staub '08 & '10. For more information visit, arlingtonartscenter.org


Out-of-town shows

On view March 17-April 8, Reference, 216 E. Main St.
MICA connection: Bettina Yung '11 (illustration)
• Curated by Alex Ebstein of Nudashank, the show features Seth Adelsberger, Michael Hunter, Noam Rappaport and Bettina Yung.

Raoul Middleman, Thea, oil on canvas, 1990.NEW YORK
Baltimore Babes
On view March 4-April 2, Kouros Gallery, 23 E. 73rd St.
MICA connection: Solo show of painting faculty member  Raoul Middleman
• The "Baltimore Babes" paintings are vibrant encounters in paint of an idiosyncratic variety of Baltimore women. Middleman paints both the "babe" and the soul beneath the surface. These women may be somewhat clothed but their souls are laid bare.



On view April 29-June 12, North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane
•The artist presents sculpted columns and towers, obelisks and wood turnings in brilliant geometric patterns reminiscent of ancient Moorish architecture in a special exhibition for the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival.
MICA connection: Liz Whitney Quisgard '49. For additional information, please visit, northcharleston.org  

Fractal Art

On view through October 10, Portland International Airport, Concourse B
MICA connection: Sara McCormick '05
•This artist uniquely creates digital art through the use of mathematical formulas to imitate prototypes that can be seen in nature such as leaves and snowflakes.
For more information visit, portofportland.com

Gestural Vestiges

On view for the month of April, Mulberry Art Studios: North Gallery, 21 North Mulberry Street
MICA connection: Candace Greenberg-Thompson ‘07
•This exhibit will feature watercolor, pencil and mixed-media drawings that discover the life of memory, temporality, and drawing as these concepts coincide with the human mind as well as the body.

, Mire's radical reimagining of Stravinsky's Pulcinella
Happening April 21-22, 8 p.m. and April 23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Innovation Studio, 260 South Broad Street, Suite 901
MICA connection: Tobin Rothlein '13 (MFAST)
•Miro Dance Theatre founder Tobin Rothlein along with co-founder Amanda Miller, provides an updated flair to this classic work by creating a triple threat of: contemporary, visual and contextual aesthetics.
PUNCH will premiere during the 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. For more information, visit pifa.org/events/

Abstract Expressionist New York

On view October 3-April 25, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St.
MICA connection: Longtime Hoffberger School of Painting Director Grace Hartigan
• Drawn entirely from the MoMA's vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the 20th century's greatest masterpieces. Grace Hartigan's Shinnecock Canal hangs next to masterpieces by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Joan Mitchell.

Solo exhibition opening April 28-June 4, Nancy Margolis Gallery, 523 W. 25th St.
MICA connection: Gina Ruggeri '92
•The exhibition consists of two very unique yet interconnected pieces of painting and drawings. The drawings, accomplished with fluid lines, shape a conceptual counterpoint to the Mylar paintings crystalline detail.
Also on view, April Sky, a group exhibition consisting of work by Gina Ruggeri, Vaudeville Park, 26 Bushwick Avenue. Closing reception on April 30, 2011 at 7 p.m. For more information visit, www.vaudevillepark.org

New Voices, Unique Visions
On view through April 12, Carol Grillo Art Gallery, 376 Hale Street.
MICA connection: Harry Skourtis '10 (graphic design)
• AIGA Boston and the School of Visual + Performing Arts at Endicott College presents the best of the student design community. The 42 piece exhibit is a select group of undergraduate and graduate student projects representing twelve reknown colleges and universities in New England. Categories of works include: identity branding, posters, publications/books, packaging, and motion design.

Frances Barth
On view February 26-April 9, Marcia Wood Gallery, 263 Walker St. SW
MICA connection: Solo show of Frances Barth, director of the Mount Royal School of Art
Frances Barth's accomplished paintings are wholly individualistic and other than to say they are "radical abstractions," they are eccentric enough to elude classification. Barth refers to aspects of her work as a combination of comic restraint and purist abstraction. Combining contradictory elements of local color with abstract color, vocabularies of both painting and drawing, disorienting spatial relationships, Barth creates works that are as provocatively ambiguous as they are soothingly beautiful. 

 Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
On view February 26-August 7, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
MICA connection: Takeshi Yamada '85
• A documentary video of Takeshi Yamada and his rogue taxidermy artworks (such as 32-foot giant sea serpent, 4-foot mermaid, sea rabbit, etc.), which was created by the American Museum of Natural History, is a part of the international traveling exhibition.

GAIA: Resplendent Semblance
On view March 25-May 7, at both Maxwell Colette Gallery and Pawn Works
MICA connection: Joint solo shows of Gaia '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Pawn Works and Maxwell Colette Gallery have joined forces for GAIA: Resplendent Semblance, with a series of projects showcasing the artist Gaia. The events will include a show of new, large scale paintings and decollage on wood art works at Maxwell Colette Gallery, a site specific installation and show featuring additional pieces at the Pawn Works space and a massive window installation at State Street and Adams presented in conjunction with The Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop Up Art Loop initiative.

New Mexorado: Artists Living & Working in the Albuquerque-Denver Corridor
On view March 5-June 19, Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street.
MICA connection: Jeff Brown '70 (graphic design and illustration)
• This juried show includes 124 pieces by 80 artists and covers the gamut from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography. The exhibit celebrates technical excellence, personal vision, and the bonds connecting the community of artists living and working in this unique part of the world.

Rances Barth, installation from Sundaram Tagore Gallery show

The Work of Eve Andrée Laramée & Kim Stringfellow Exhibition
On view April 22-May 31, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sante Fe Art Institute, 1600 St Michael's Drive.
MICA connection: Eve Andrée Laramée, Interdisciplinary Sculpture faculty

Other events at the Sante Fe Art Institute featuring Eve Andrée Laramée:
Lecture, April 29, 6 p.m., Tipton Hall
Workshop, Invisible Fire: Mapping Our Atomic Legacy, April 30- Sunday, May 1
For more info, please visit, sfai.org

Frances Barth: Scale, Economy and Unnamable Color
On view March 17-April 23, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 9606 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
MICA connection: Solo show of Frances Barth, director of Mount Royal School of Art
• Frances Barth forges imaginary landscapes that are at once confounding and sublime. Barth synthesizes contradictory ways of expressing light and space in her paintings that challenge the viewers' notions of pictorial space and time.

 Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow
On view through April 8, LAX International Airport, Terminal 1, ground floor
MICA connection: Large-scale mural commission by Marshall Roemen '00 (painting)
• Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) unveiled two tapestry-like paintings totaling over 55-feet wide and over 9-feet high at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Los Angeles artist Marshall Roemen painted Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow, a site-specific abstract artwork for the benefit of passengers and the waiting public in Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Level.

International shows

ARTchSO Video Festival 2011
Happening March 18-April 4, Confucius Institute, 17 rue de Brest
MICA connection: Chang Deng-Yao '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Chang Deng-Yao is one of 13 artists featured in the juried film festival. For more information, visit changdengyao.com.



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

Photo caption: Annet Couwenberg, Pansori video produced at the GCC residency in Korea, 2010.