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MICA To Honor Hayden, Meyerhoff, Mikulski, Willis Thomas, Yeh at 168th Commencement on May 15

Posted 04.24.17


Sen. Barbara Mikulski (left) and Hank Willis Thomas (right).

The Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and graduating students at MICA are pleased to announce trustee Neil Meyerhoff, former Sen. Barbara Mikulski and artist Hank Willis Thomas as honorary degree recipients at the College's 168th undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Monday, May 15, 1 p.m., at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

At the graduate Commencement Ceremony, MICA will honor Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and former CEO of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library system, and artist Lily Yeh with honorary degrees. The ceremony will take place Monday, May 15, 5 p.m, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Dr. Carla Hayden (left) and Lily Yeh (right).

Degrees are scheduled to be awarded to more than 600 MICA students, including Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation, architectural design, art history, theory, and criticism, ceramics, drawing, fiber, film and video, general fine arts, graphic design, humanistic studies, illustration, interactive arts, interdisciplinary sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking; Master of Arts degrees in art education, critical studies, design leadership, social design and teaching; Master of Fine Arts degrees in community arts, curatorial practice, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration practice, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, Mount Royal School of Art, photographic & electronic media, Rinehart School of Sculpture, and studio art; Master of Professional Studies degrees in the business of art and design, information visualization and UX design; and post-baccalaureate certificates in graphic design and fine arts.

MICA trustee Neil Meyerhoff

Alumna, artist and art educator Anastasia (Sia) Kyriakakos '91 (General Sculptural Studies) will receive the annual Alumni Award, which recognizes the excellence and achievements of MICA graduates. She is currently a finalist for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year award, and was named 2016 Teacher of the Year for Baltimore City and Maryland. Kyriakakos was also selected to represent Greece at the 50th Venice Biennale, and created work for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The MICA Medal of Honor will be presented to three retiring MICA campus leaders of long and significant services:  Tom Hyatt, vice president for technology systems and services; Diane Prengaman, associate vice president for financial aid; and George Ciscle, MICA's curator-in-residence and founding director of the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program.

Coinciding with MICA's graduation ceremonies is the annual Commencement Exhibition, which features thesis work from undergraduate students of the class of 2017. The exhibition opens with ArtWalk – a preview party and art sale – on Thursday, May 11, and runs through Monday, May 15.

Click here for more information about the Commencement Exhibition and schedule for the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on Feb. 24, 2016. From 1993 to her appointment as Librarian of Congress, Hayden served as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, and was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal's Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Neil Meyerhoff has served on MICA's Board of Trustees for 40 years and has served as board chair twice from 2003-2008 and from 2013-2015. He is a senior vice president and CEO at Hendersen-Webb, Inc., as well as a freelance photographer represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. His photographs have been published in Photo Review, Camera Arts, and Panorama, and are in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Public Library of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, among others. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University, was awarded a J.D. degree from Georgetown University, and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1974. Meyerhoff also serves on the board of the Walters Art Museum and the NPR member radio station, WYPR

Senator Barbara Mikulski was born and raised in Highlandtown, Baltimore, and began her political career as a neighborhood organizer before winning election to the Baltimore City Council in 1971. After serving for five years, Mikulski ran for Congress in 1976 and would represent Maryland's 3rd district for 10 years before she became the first Democratic woman senator elected in her own right in 1986. Mikulski served in the Senate for 30 years before retired in January 2017, becoming the longest-serving woman in both the Senate and Congress. Since retiring, she has accepted a position as Homewood Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Thomas' monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited internationally including The International Center of Photography, Public Art Fund, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, MuseĢe du quai Branly and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others. Thomas' work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. He received a B.F.A. in Photography and Africana Studies from New York University and an M.F.A./M.A. in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

Lily Yeh is an artist and founding director of Barefoot Artists, a community arts organization that works with impoverished communities around the globe to advocate for the healing power of art and social change. Yeh was born in China, grew up in Taiwan and came to the U.S. during the 1960s to study art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her M.F.A. She taught at the University of the Arts for three decades. Yeh's work building communities through art have taken her to Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti and Palestine.

This page was last updated on 07/26/2017.