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Commencement Weekend Offers Exhibition, Art Sales, May 13–17

The weekend includes the 2010 Commencement Exhibition, ArtWalk and the MICA Masters Benefit Art Sale

Posted 04.21.10 by mica communications

Katherine Gaydos '10, Water Spots





BALTIMORE--MICA celebrates its 161st Commencement with a weekend of arts-related events and exhibitions that invite the community to the College.


Friday, May 14-Monday, May 17
Special Gallery Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Animation Senior Screenings: Friday, May 14, 7 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.)
• Senior Video Screenings: Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m., Brown Center: Falvey Hall
• Campuswide Reception: Sunday, May 16, 1:30-5 p.m.

The 2010 Commencement Exhibition highlights works by nearly 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2010. By transforming the College's permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery space, each student is able to show a substantial body of work.

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



Thursday, May 13, 5 p.m.
Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $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 2010 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public. It will be the most visually energizing 3K walking tour you've ever been on. Many seniors will be on hand in their exhibition areas to meet ArtWalkers and discuss their art-making processes.

In between strolls and after ArtWalk ends at 8 p.m., guests are invited to relax and enjoy casual dinner fare and have a glass of wine at the Finish Line Café, located inside the celebration tent on Cohen Plaza.



Saturday, May 15, noon-4 p.m.
Studio Center, 113-131 W. North Ave.

This first-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 programs. 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 Arts and Entertainment District, a neighborhood in which MICA has been a leader in its creation and growth.



Monday, May 17, 1:30 p.m.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Ticketed event)

Stefan Sagmeister; Photo by Cris CassadyStefan Sagmeister
, the 2010 commencement speaker who will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, is regarded as one of the most influential international graphic designers. The two-time Grammy Award-winning designer lives and works in New York designing across media. He boasts longstanding collaborations with the AIGA, moveon.org, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones and David Byrne '72.

Gary Vikan, in leadership at the Walters Art Museum for 25 years, and George L. Bunting Jr., a MICA board member for nearly 40 years who has served the Baltimore community in many capacities, will receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Renowned architect Ronald E. Fidler '64 will receive the Alumni Award. This year's Medal of Honor winners are art education faculty member and respected social-action quilter Dr. Joan Gaither and longtime printmaking faculty member and glass artist Allegra Marquart.

Photo caption: (top) Katherine Gaydos '10, Water Spots, C-print, 2010; (inset) Stefan Sagmeister will be the 2010 commencement speaker. (Photo by Cris Cassady)

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.