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August Off-Campus Events, Exhibitions Feature MICA Community

MICA community members exhibit their work in the month of August.

Posted 08.01.11 by mica communications

Barbra Gruber, "Multicolored Ocean City Umbrella," 2011.


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




Things Fall Apart
On view through August 6, The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Rd.
MICA connections: Lauren Boilini '08 (Mount Royal), Jessica Braiterman, Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mount Royal), Katherine Mann '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Bart O'Reilly
An Artscape extension, this show features works representing the emotion within fragmented forms.

On view through August 13, Opening Reception July 14, 7-9 p.m., Subbasement Artist Studios
MICA connections: Jennifer Tam '12 (Art History and Painting), Aaron Chung '13 (Painting), Matthew Janson '09 (Mount Royal), James Rieck '87, '03 (Mount Royal), Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mount Royal),  Marisa Rand '10 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture)
• Wunderkammer
, based on the Cabinets of Curiosities in Renaissance Europe, investigates mankind's increasingly complex relationship to the world around us in nature and each other. While the 17th-century man was easily able to categorize various artifacts from around the world into naturalia and artificialia, respectively the wonders of nature and the works of man, Wunderkammer questions what that encyclopedic approach would look like in the 21st century, and if it is even still feasible.

MIXTUM Release Party
August 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Metro Gallery
MICA connections: Yutaka Houlette '05 (General Sculptural Studies), Heidi Gustafson '05 (General Sculptural Studies)
MIXTUM is a creative tool for randomly selecting a trio of symbols to help generate unexpected ideas. It is designed and illustrated by two local artist-educators and letter-pressed at Baltimore Print Studios. For more information visit MIXTUM.org. The project originally began as a futurist game for preschool children, and limited 1st edition, handmade MIXTUM boards will be available for purchase and for play. Learn alchemy, make new synaptic connections, illustrate your own future, listen and play with mixtum sounds midi-keyboards and enjoy symbolic snacks and drinks, all inspired by MIXTUM. This is an all ages event. Children are encouraged and welcome!

Young Blood
On view through August 27, artists' talk and reception June 29 6-8 p.m., Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place #100
MICA connections: Jesse Burrowes '05 (Sculpture), Jill Fannon '04 (GFA), Adam Junior '11 (Rinehart), Linling Lu '08 (Painting), '11 (Hoffberger), Sarah McNeil '11 (Mount Royal), Wung Ting Wendy Tai '11 (Rinehart)
Young Blood features the work of recent MFA graduates from all around the Maryland area. The showcase will feature an exhibition of works, as well as performance art projects.

On view through  August 27, Tinges Commons at Mirkwood Estates, 687 East 33rd Street
MICA connection: Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mt. Royal), Joshua Wade Smith '10 (Mt. Royal)
Vistaflow showcases a permanent social sculpture by two MICA alumni, as well as a temporary painting installation by artist Ryan Neely.

On view August 27- September 10, Subbasement Artist Studios, 118 North Howard St.; Artist's receiption Saturday, September 3, 7-9 p.m.
MICA connections: Jackie Cadiente '13 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Yumi Hogan '08 (painting), Minku Kim '12 (painting), Jessica Marx '12 (photography), Nick Clifford Simko '12 (art history), Marcella Volini '12 (general fine arts), Austin Voll '12 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Theo Willis '12 (painting)
Chrysalis offers a glimpse into the minds of some of the most promising young artists today. Unencumbered by an established trajectory or a singular method of working, these artists offer some of the freshest perspectives on the direction of contemporary art. 

Sketches, Studies & Scribble
On view through September 4, Jordan Faye Contemporary, 1401 Light St. 
MICA connections: Lori Larusso '05 (Mt. Royal), Kate MacKinnon '03 (Mt. Royal), Melissa Matsuki Lillie '96 (general sculptural studies), Jordan Faye Block '05 (Mt. Royal), Suze Raeg '12 (painting)

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists

On view through 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.

Feats of Monumentaility
On view through January 20, 2012, Baltimore Washington International Thursgood Marshall Airport (BWI), International Terminal, Concourse E.  Artist's reception: Thursday, September 1, 4:30- 6 pm
MICA connections: Evan Boggess '11 (Hoffberger), Jeffrey Kent '10 (Hoffberger), Linling Lu '11 (Hoffberger), Steven Pearson '97 (Hoffberger), Jennifer Tam '12 (painting)
• Feats of Monumentality, on the upper level of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport International Terminal, features large-scale abstract paintings by Baltimore-based artists who are emerging onto the forefront of contemporary painting. These artworks embody the colorful, playful, fearless aesthetic that is characteristic of Subbasement Artist Studios, and are innovative in their use of material, form, and technique. Although the practice of painting is thousands of years old, these four artists demonstrate that there are still frontiers of painting that have yet to be explored. 

Lift Him Up
On view through November 30, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt Street
MICA connection: Leah J. Taylor '92 (general fine arts)  
• In this installation, 27 framed collages featuring high-spirited choir and congregation scenes are arranged to give viewers the feeling of being inside a large gothic cathedral. The exhibition will also include pen and ink study drawings for the large wall installation.


American Landscapes
On view through September 10, Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle 
MICA connection: Jeanean Martin '80 (painting) 

Songs of the Wind
On view through September 11, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street
MICA connection: Yumi Hogan '08 (painting)



On view through Aug. 19, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd.
MICA connection: Alexa Brooks '05 (Mount Royal)
Drawings showcase Brooks' graphite drawings of windows, curtains and other objects through which she blends concepts of photorealism with qualites of hand-drawn work.


On view through September 8, Green Spring Station, 10479 Falls Road
MICA connection: Helen Glazer '76 (Mt. Royal)


Vision, Color, Light and Air
On view through  August 26,  Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane
MICA connection: Barbara Epstein Gruber '97 (Painting)
• Gruber's paintings utilize light, color, air and touch to interpret the experience of painting. She paints en plein air, directly from life outdoors using the placement of colors to create a harmonious relationship. Our eyes see pieces of color and shape to create an abstract vision of nature. However you view her work, Barbara creates a peaceful sense of local recognition to some of our favorite places.


Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking
On view through August 6, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW
MICA connections: Ryan Hoover '06 (Mt. Royal), Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mt. Royal) and Elena Volkova '02, 07 (Photography, MFA in Studio Art)
• This exhibition asked the artist to investigate the work of two other Fellows in an attempt to focus their work on questions of originality, self-assessment and comparative analysis.

New. (Now.)
On view August 13- September 10, opening reception August 13, 7-9 p.m., Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U. Street NW 
MICA connections: Nora Howell '11 (MFA in Community Arts), Jenny Mullins '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Joshua Wade Smith ' 08 (Mt. Royal)
• As Hamiltonian Gallery concludes its third year of outstanding artist-centric programming, Hamiltonian Artists has named five new, distinguished Hamiltonian Fellows for 2011 to join their five existing Fellows. The new members, including Nora Howell, Sarah Knobel, Matthew Mann, Jenny Mullins and Joshua Wade Smith, will have their work on display at this exhibition.

Academy 2011
On view through August 22, Conner Contemporary, 1358 Florida Ave. NE
MICA connections: Linling Lu '11 (Hoffberger), Ginny Huo '11 (Rinehart), Adam Junior '11 (Rinehart), Virginia Wagner '11 (Hoffberger), Melissa Prentki '11 (Photography), Dan Gioia '11 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture), Camilo Sanin '11 (Hoffberger), WooJin Chang '11 (Mt. Royal), Caroline Covington '12 (Rinehart), Elle Perez '11 (Photography) and Libby Landauer '11 (Painting).
• 11th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by MFA/BFA students in the Washington/Baltimore area. Out of the 19 artists selected, 11 are MICA alumni or current students. Other representing institutions in the show include American University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

On view July 30 - September 30, Flashpoint, 916 G St NW
MICA connection: Nicole Herbert '10 (M.F.A in Studio Art)
•N icole Herbert's Trace is an intervention into the forgotten spaces of Flashpoint. Herbert's site-specific works will take place throughout the entire Flashpoint incubator space, reminding the viewer of overlooked areas and subtle architectural features. Herbert will use drawing, three-dimensional sculptural forms and found objects to activate the hallways, stairwells and offices at Flashpoint.


Planning Process: Drawings and Finished Works
On view through September 25, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd.
MICA connections: Andrew Wodzianski '02 (Hoffberger), Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mt. Royal) and Jessie Lehson '02, ‘08 (General Fine Arts, Rinehart)
• Juror Helen Allen, co-director of (e)merge art fair, opening this September, selected 12 artists from across the mid-Atlantic region who were willing to reveal the ways they think and problem-solve in the studio.


Unbroken Thread: The Art of Philip Koch
On view through October 2, Opening Reception July 22 5:30- 7:30- p.m., Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Drive
MICA connection: Faculty Member Philip Koch
•The eight museum national traveling exhibition of vividly colored landscapes by  MICA Faculty Member Philip Koch (Drawing, Foundation) will be the featured show this summer in PFAC's largest galleries. Organized by the University of Maryland University College, the show traces the links between contemporary color oriented painting and the romantic tradition of 19th century American panoramic landscape.


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


Annual Members Juried: Duets

On view for through August 14, Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison Street
MICA connection: Nicole Lenzi ‘07
•This exhibit, featuring the work of fourteen artists honors intimate, one-on-one relationships by inviting viewers into a dialogue created by each pair of individuals through their creation of two works. The paired works in Duets jump start and enhance our imaginations about the non-static process of creating intimacy with people, places, and things.

Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art
On view through September 25, Delaware Museum of Art, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
MICA connection: Chul-Hyun Ahn '02 (Mount Royal)
•This four person exhibition explores a recent trend that questions the sense of signt and our perceptions of the world around us. Through the use of shadow play, lights, mirrors, and complex mathematical equations, artists create paintings and sculptures that underscore the tension between appearance and reality. These visually-engaging works of art move past earlier traditions of realism such as trompe l'oeil painting, Photorealism, and hyper-realistic sculpture and challenge the idiom, "seeing is believing."t



A Portrait Apart
On view through Sept. 10, Porter Contemporary, 548 West 28th St.
MICA connection: Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal)
A Portrait Apart combines the works of artists which span six countries and seven U.S. states, giving a diverse overview of what portraiture means today through paintings, photographs, watercolors and mixed media. Each artist, although around the globe from one another, is only a portrait apart. While portraiture in general is deeply rooted in tradition and often considered a conservative art form, artists today are not confining themselves to these limitations. Portraiture is taking on an idea or concept of something, perhaps not even a person, and manifesting that idea in a more abstract fashion.

Six Rooms
On view through Aug. 6, Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th St.
MICA connection: Andrew Blaize Bovasso '09 (Photography)

A Desert in the Ocean
On view through August 19, Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchart Street
MICA connection: Colette Robbins '03 (painting) and Micah Ganske '03 (Post-Bacc)
An exhibition of works resulting from a convergence of Irish and American artists and writers in retreat on the remote coast of Co Kerry.


Scripted: A Group Exhibition
On view August 4- August 31, Gross McCleaf Gallery,  127 S. Sixteenth St.
MICA connection: Bart O'Reilly (MFA in Studio Art), Solange Roberdeau (MFA in Studio Art), Bernadine Schroyer (MFA in Studio Art)
• Scripted is a group exhibition that explores the way language, images, and objects can often intersect one another in more ways than one, thus creating a plurality of readings and engagements.


Philip Koch: Contemporary Landscape Paintings
On view through August 14, Carbon County Cultural Project, 268 W. Broadway
MICA connection: faculty member Philip Koch
Philip Koch: Contemporary Landscape Paintings uses oil paintings to focus on the vitality of the natural world.



At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic 
On view through September 9, The Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth Street 
MICA connection:  Jeremy Caniglia '95 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
• The show is curated by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, directors of the Association of Fantastic Art. Caniglia's work will be featured with over 175 paintings covering the period from 1860 to the present



Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
On view through 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.


On view through October 9, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Hold Ave
MICA connection: E. Brady Robinson '93 (Photography)
In Transfer, Robinson combines mobile image capture with the concept of the psychogeographic drift. Psychogeography is "the study of precise laws and specific effects of geographic environments, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals" coined by French Theorist Guy Debord. The installation is a mapping of geography encountered at home and abroad. The artist's exploration of the formal qualities of the snapshot is met with rigorous editing and purposeful sequencing culled from over 1,000's of images. The exhibition is a deliberate re-contextualization of sequential shots and describes a territory where the social/cultural landscape, personal experience and pure aesthetics meet. This presentation of thirty photographic images is dynamic and site-specific, designed by the artist herself.


Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge
On view through October 2012, Millennium Park, N. Michigan Ave. & E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
MICA connection: Curated by Lucas Cowan '03 (Fiber)
• Chicago's Millennium Park will come alive this season with four large-scale sculptures by the acclaimed Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge gracing the Park's Boeing Galleries from April 6, 2011 through October 2012. Framing the dramatic art and architecture of the Park, Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge will enhance one of Chicago's most popular public spaces-Millennium Park. Admission to the Park and the exhibition is free.

On view through August 15, Johalla Projects, N. 1561 Milwaukee Ave
MICA connection: Jenny Kendler '02, '06 (General Fine Arts, MFA in Fine Art)


Contemporary Figurative Work
On view through August 1, Gallery 924, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN
MICA connection: Jennifer Tam '12 (Painting)
An exhibition of select central Indiana artists who explore the human figure.


Unresolved Circumstance: Video Art from Latin America
On view through August 28, Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave.
MICA connection: Donna Conlon '02 (Rinehart)
Unresolved Circumstance features videos from established and emerging artists which aim to explore issues common to Latin America. The films showcased interwine the past and the future of society in Latin America in an attempt to gain clarity in history.


All We Ever Wanted
On view through August 27, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 9 McEwan St., Sabo, Yaba
MICA connection: Adejoke "Wahala Temi" Tugbiyele '13 (Rinehart)
• This exhibition showcases 5 Nigerian women as they provoke the norms of gender-oriented projects.


Sculptural Figures Reflected on Daily Experiences 
On view through August 21, Makerere Art Gallery, Makerere University 
MICA connection: faculty member/alumna Nicole Fall '81 (ceramics)
•A collaboration between MICA alumna Nicole Fall and Dr. Lilian Nabulime, chair of sculpture at Makere University.




Katrina Bello,


Thought Patterns
On view through August 14, Krem Contemporary Art,  27 Scout Ybardolaza St., 1103 Quezon City, Philippines
MICA connection: Katrina Bello '13 (MFA in Studio Art)




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

Image caption: Barbra Gruber, "Multicolored Ocean City Umbrella," 2011.