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Commencement Weekend Offers Exhibition, Art Sales, May 12–16

Baltimore Sun, WYPR Cover Commencement, Recent Grads in Multiple Stories

Posted 04.26.11 by MICA Communications


2011 Commencement Exhibition

Friday, May 13-Monday, May 16
Special Gallery Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Animation Senior Screenings: Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall
Senior Video Screenings: Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall
Campuswide Reception: Sunday, May 15, 1:30-5 p.m.

The 2011 Commencement Exhibition highlights works by 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2011. By transforming the College's permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery, each student is able to show a substantial body of work.

Programs of study: animation; art history, theory, & criticism; ceramics; drawing; environmental design; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interaction design & art; interdisciplinary sculpture; painting; photography; printmaking; and video & film arts

ArtWalk 2011

Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m.

Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Lynley BernsteinTickets: $25 for exhibition and casual buffet
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mica.edu/artwalk or call the Office of Advancement at 410.225.2339.

Stroll through the MICA galleries, mingle with young artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and discuss the students' artwork at the special preview party of the 2011 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public.

ArtWalk guests begin their evening at the celebration tent at Cohen Plaza, just outside of Brown Center, where they will be given maps to stroll through the galleries, open spaces, hallways and classrooms of six architecturally significant MICA buildings that are filled with graduating students' artwork. It is a visually energizing 3K walking tour. Many seniors will be on hand in their exhibition areas to meet ArtWalkers and discuss their artmaking processes.

MICA Masters Benefit Art Sale

Saturday, May 14, noon-4 p.m.

Studio Center, 113-131 W. North Ave.

This annual benefit art sale offers a chance to browse and buy inexpensive works of art from students in the Mount Royal School of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, Rinehart School of Sculpture, M.F.A. in Graphic Design, M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art departments. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will support a graduate-specific scholarship. The sale, which includes a reception, is a rare opportunity to visit the studios and facilities of the College's graduate programs. The Studio Center has a unique and fascinating history, and the building serves as an anchor of the burgeoning Station North neighborhood.

InterArts: MICA/BSO Exhibition

Friday, April 29-Tuesday, May 17 (including Commencement)
Reception on Friday, April 29, 5 p.m.

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby, 1212 Cathedral St.

The spring semester InterArts: MICA/BSO class culminates in an exhibition presented by MICA student artists, with works inspired by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This MICA/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra collaboration was launched by MICA faculty member Pat Alexander and BSO violinist and MICA artist-in-residence Ellen Orner in 2005. The goal of the class is to present visual art in the context of the symphony space. Students working in a wide range of mediums attend rehearsals and concerts and research the symphonic program as they are guided through the process of transforming a concept into a site-specific work of art, preparing it for exhibit, and presenting it to a non-traditional visual art audience.


Media coverage on MICA's Commencement:
READ: WYPR radio: MICA students re-imagine Baltimore; work displayed at Commencement Exhibition
READ: Baltimore Sun: Gaia takes flight after graduation
READ: Baltimore Sun: graduates commended on their fashionable footwear

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degrees

Holland Cotter, the 2011 commencement speaker who will also receive an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters, is an art critic at The New York Times where he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for coverage that included articles on art in China. For the Times, he has written widely about "non-Western" art and culture. In the 1990s, he introduced readers to a broad range of Asian contemporary art as the first wave of new art from China was building and breaking. He helped bring contemporary art from India to the attention of a Western audience. He previously worked at Art in America, Art News and New York Arts Journal. Cotter is working on a study of contemporary Indian art and a poetry manuscript.

Receiving Honorary Degrees of Fine Arts will be James L. Tucker Jr., lauded Maryland art educator who the National Art Education Association cited as Eastern Region Art Educator of the year; John Bielenberg, partner and co-founder of San Francisco-based C2 who works with youth to show them their work can have a positive impact on the world; and Leslie Shepard, director of the Baltimore School for the Arts since 2001, who has played a leadership role at the school since its founding in 1979. 2010 MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Turk '94 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) will receive the Alumni Award. This year's Medal of Honor recipient is art history faculty member Jane Elkinton, who has enjoyed a 40-year history at MICA.

Image captions (frpm top to bottom): Hope Guzzo uses "wounded" food imagery-that is both repulsive and attractive-to explore the process of abjection, the visceral response when confronted with trauma and damage of the bodily envelope (Pictured: Tomato, C-Print, 2010); photography major Lynley Bernstein's senior thesis, Shifting Structures, explores the instability of Baltimore's housing, both structurally and as the market is transformed by gentrification, institutional expansion, speculators and other elements (Pictured: Middle East/Broadway, East Baltimore, C-Print, 2010).