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New exhibit showcases what we find in books

Everything from wrapping paper to reciepts...

Posted 01.11.18 by Allison Fischbach

Collection of displayed papers and photographs.

Art School: Cool Trash

Postcards. Receipts. Grocery lists. Photocopies. Zines. Watercolor sketches. Post-it doodles. Bus tickets. Four-leaf clovers. MICA IDs. Safe deposit box keys. Honduran cash. Tweezers. A short list of all the things Decker Library staff have found in returned books.

We all do it - grab a random slip of paper for a bookmark, or leave our post-it notes behind as we rush to return books before breaks. Every semester since 2014 we've been collecting the interesting flotsam and jetsam of book debris - from holiday cards to collages - and displaying it on our shelf behind the service desk.

Each term we start anew, which has resulted in many semesters' worth of papers, postcards, and photos - we never know what we'll find.

This exhibit is a chance to see what MICA has left in its books - where you've been, what's on your mind, what concepts you're drawing, what ideas you're workshopping, what exhibits you've seen, what articles you're reading, and what weird stuff your peers have left behind.

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Thumbnail & This Page: Items on display in "Art School: Cool Trash" exhibit. Photos by Meredith Moore.

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.

This page was last updated on 01/11/2018.