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ArtWalk, Masters Benefit Art Sale, Exhibition Celebrate Commencement in May

Voice of America, Baltimore Sun, Bthesite.com, There Were Ten Tigers, Urbanite magazine, WBAL TV and WYPR Radio cover Commencement and related activities

Posted 03.29.12 by MICA Communications

ArtWalk 2011

BALTIMORE - Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) celebrates its 163rd Commencement with arts-related events and exhibitions that invite the public to the College.

Saturday, May 5, Noon-4 p.m., Studio Center, 131 W. North Ave.
This annual benefit art sale offers a chance to browse and buy affordable works of art from students in the Mount Royal School of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, Rinehart School of Sculpture, M.F.A. in Graphic Design, M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts programs. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will support a graduate-specific scholarship. The sale is a rare opportunity to visit the studios and facilities of the College's graduate programs. Studio Center-a former JoS. A. Bank factory undergoing a $20 million renovation to be completed in fall 2012-serves as an anchor to the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

Thursday, May 10, 5-9 p.m., Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $25 for exhibition and casual supper, children 10 & under free
Tour the MICA galleries, mingle with the world's most talented emerging young artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and discuss the students' artwork at the preview party for the 2012 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public at this visually energizing 3-kilometer walking tour installed in seven buildings along the Mount Royal Cultural Corridor.

In between touring and after the exhibition closes at 8 p.m., guests are invited to relax and enjoy casual dinner fare and have a glass of wine with the student artists. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit mica.edu/artwalk. Limited space is available.

Friday, May 11-Monday, May 14, Special gallery hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Campuswide, Reception: Sunday, May 13, 1:30-5 p.m.
The 2012 Commencement Exhibition highlights works by nearly 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2012. By transforming the College's permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery space, each student is able to show a substantial body of work.

Programs of study: animation; ceramics; drawing; environmental design; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interaction design and art; interdisciplinary sculpture; humanistic studies; painting; photography; printmaking; and video and film arts.

Events are free, unless a price is otherwise noted.

Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degrees

Graduate Commencement

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, director of the graduate program in graphic design at Yale University, will speak at the first Graduate Commencement at MICA and receive an Honorary Degree of Fine Arts. As a graphic designer, artist and educator, Levrant de Bretteville's work reflects on her belief in the importance of issues ranging from feminist principles to user participation in graphic design. She founded the first design program for women at California Institute of the Arts in 1971, and two years later co-founded The Woman's Building, a public center for female culture in Los Angeles. Later, she initiated the communication design program at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. When she became the director of the Yale University Graduate Program in Graphic Design in 1990, Levrant de Bretteville was the first woman to receive tenure at the Yale University School of Art. She has been honored with several awards, among them a 2004 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Receiving an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters will be Trustee Emeritus LeRoy E. Hoffberger, one of the most vital supporters of MICA in the College's history. Hoffberger served as the chair of the Board of Trustees from 1990-94, defining a 10-year plan that laid the cornerstones for MICA's future. The Hoffberger School of Painting, producer of some of the world's most acclaimed artists for the past fifty years, was made possible because of support from the Hoffberger family.

Undergraduate Commencement

Speaking to the undergraduate class of 2012 will be painter William H. Bailey, who will also receive an Honorary Degree of Fine Arts. After receiving both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Yale University, Bailey taught at Southern Methodist University, Cooper Union, the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the National Council of the Arts and has received honorary degrees from Adelphi University and the University of Utah, as well as the Yale Arts Medal for Distinguished Contribution in Painting and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been showcased in more than 160 solo and group exhibitions.

Shinique Smith '92 '03 (general fine arts, Mount Royal School of Art) will receive the Alumni Medal. Smith works in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, collage and video. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The New Museum, New York; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; PS 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York; and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado. Smith will also act as a juror in this year's Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, offering one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Maryland-a $30,000 fellowship.

The College's Medal of Honor will go to longtime faculty member Albert "Abby" Sangiamo, who retired earlier this year after more than 40 years at MICA. Sangiamo and his wife, Irma, created the Santa Farinella Sangiamo Scholarship in 1996 in memory of Abby's mother, and in 2006 created the Thomas Sangiamo Scholarship in honor of Abby's father. Artist Jeff Koons '76, recipient of MICA's Alumni Medal in 2009, honored Sangiamo with an artist talk earlier this year, crediting Sangiamo as an important figure in his art education. "He led me to really start to focus on the possibilities of what art can be," said Koons.

Rich Lipscher, who has taught at MICA for three decades and has served as the animation co-chair, will also receive the Medal of Honor. While at the College, Lipscher has helped ensure that MICA is at the forefront of the multimedia revolution that has defined our times. He has gained accolades as a maker of musical instruments, instructor, artist and creative director for Bay State Guitars. His students have said they have "never met a teacher who could inspire" as much as he can. He was awarded the Trustee Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

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.

Commencement Information

In the Media

  • WATCH: Voice of America features photography, fiber, printmaking and animation students in an article and video.
  • Coverage of Commencement and related activities also appeared in Baltimore Sun, Bthesite.com, There Were Ten Tigers, Urbanite magazine, WBAL TV and WYPR Radio.