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Baltimore Sun, Messenger Spotlight MICA Exhibitions in Three Feature Articles

Articles highlight 'In this, I believe,' 'Warren Seelig: Textile per se' and 'The Telepathy Drawings'

Posted 01.19.10 by MICA Media Relations

The Maryland Institute College of Art is awash in absorbing, occasionally provocative, exhibits these days. 

Black Magic, Telepathy Drawings

MICA exhibitions were highlighted twice in one week in Baltimore Sun full feature stories.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, The Baltimore Sun featured three on-campus exhibitions encompassing a wide range of MICA offerings in a profile of the College. Noted in the 825-word article is In this, I believe, the Unity Week exhibition of thought-provoking student, faculty and staff artwork; Warren Seelig: Textile per se, a retrospective of Seelig's career including pieces he did with MICA students while a visiting faculty member in the fall; and The Telepathy Drawings, an interactive exhibition by an alumni-faculty duo John Morris '01 (M.F.A. Photography and Digital Imaging) and Christina Ayala '00 (Mount Royal School of Art).

The article, entitled MICA teeming with quirky, provocative exhibits (and online as MICA exhibits flow through its buildings), was written by staff writer Tim Smith and included interviews with fiber department chair and Warren Seelig curator Susie Brandt and Morris, an adjunct photography faculty member. Click here to read the entire article.

Smith returned to campus to interview alumni couple Morris and Ayala, featuring them and The Telepathy Drawings in an article in the Sunday, Jan. 24 issue. You think it, I draw it--a nearly 1,100-word piece exploring the five-year history of Telepathy Drawings, the creators' relationship to the finished work and people's beliefs in telepathy--is a preview of the exhibition, which opened Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The Web version of the story also included a photo gallery of images created at previous telepathy sessions.

A Thursday, Jan. 7 article featuring Warren Seelig: Textile per se by Mike Giuliano ran in The Baltimore Messenger, The Jeffersonian, the Howard County Times and others papers of the Patuxent Publishing group and Baltimore Sun Media Group Interactive. The article, Warren Seelig: Putting the style back into 'Textile', reviews the retrospective exhibition, including "wall hangings constructed from steel and Plexiglas. We're a long way from quilts here," the article reads.

"The influence of Seelig's approach to weaving can be seen in a collaborative piece made by Maryland Institute students who took a class with him this past fall. Their Drawing Writ Large ... hangs high over your head like an unconventional blanket," concludes the article.

Photo caption: John Morris '01 and Christina Ayala '00, Black Magic, The Telepathy Drawings, as highlighted in The Baltimore Sun.

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.