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Art in America Features Several MICA Alumni in October Issue

The Baltimore Development Cooperative, an Alumni Arts Group, and Shinique Smith '03 Receive Recognition

Posted 10.23.09 by MICA Media Relations

Shinique Smith '03, "No Thief to Blame"

BALTIMORE--Art in America's October issue highlights the Baltimore Development Cooperative, founded by MICA alumni Scott Berzofsky '04, Dane Nester '05 and Nicholas Wisniewski '04, as well as Shinique Smith '03.

The article, "Propaganda in the Garden," names the Baltimore Development Cooperative artists as MICA alumni who have converted a vacant lot in east Baltimore into what Berzofsky describes an "urban farm, social space, community kitchen, radical planning studio, free store and adventure playground." MICA faculty Hugh Pocock and his class Baltimore Urban Farming are also mentioned in the article, which examines urban farming as an art initiative.

Smith is noted as a MICA alumna with a recent show at Yvon Lambert. The review states: "In her recent show, titled Ten Times Myself, Smith again revealed a yin-yang disposition, alternating between preconception and improvisation, seriousness and humor, privacy and candor in works (both two- and three-dimensional) that mix high and low sources." To read the review, visit Art in America's Web site here.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Shinique Smith '03, No Thief to Blame, mixed media installation, National Portrait Gallery, 2007-08.

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.

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